Open Thread – Saturday, 15 April 2023

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  1. mh says:

    A super PAC supporting President Donald Trump has released a new political attack ad criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) entitlement cuts while also mocking his reportedly awkward pudding-eating habits.

    “Ron DeSantis loves sticking his fingers where they don’t belong,” the Make America Great Again Inc. ad states, citing a Telegraph article from last month claiming the Florida gov. was once observed eating pudding with three fingers.

    The ad

    Thanks for bringing this MSM story about Ron DeSantis’ eating habits to my attention, Trumpers!

    And Ron’s plans to cut government spending are awful!


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  2. johanna johanna says:

    I don’t know about the other thing, but it is a fact of life that public figures need to display acceptable table manners in public.

    Remember Kevni munching on earwax from his fingers in Parliament? Eeeuw!

    Not that a knife and fork would have helped much. 🙂

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  3. kaysee kaysee says:

    A super PAC supporting President Donald Trump has released a new political attack ad criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) entitlement cuts while also mocking his reportedly awkward pudding-eating habits.

    I have been serving up on the 2024 topic in small doses. But I am watching how this is being played out and so will add more over this weekend.

    Here’s one from yesterday.

    Donald Trump Jr.
    Fort Lauderdale is under water and DeSantis is campaigning in Ohio right now instead of taking care of the people suffering in his state.

    Chris Nelson
    While it is amusing that Don Jr shared my video the context I provided with quotes from @JeremyRedfernFL and @BryanDGriffin
    have been conveniently removed in this version.

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  4. kaysee kaysee says:

    It is possible the Conservatives do not want to win in 2024. Trump and his team are saving their most vicious attacks for DeSantis who has not yet announced his candidacy. While the DeSantis team has been fairly low key, the Trump side has been going after DeSantis as if he is a horrid Dem not someone from their own side. Is that the way to campaign for the main goal – winning in 2024?

    If Trump is as popular as the polls say, why is the Trump team bothered by DeSantis? They could just shrug their shoulders. Trump will sweep up the primaries and win the nomination by a wide margin. DeSantis will be humiliated by losing badly.

    Here are a few comments that have been posted:

    – If the Trump team fights the desantis team we will get 4 more years of the biden team

    – I voted Trump twice and I am a Trump supporter but the attacks on DeSantis are a major turnoff. You guys should rethink your strategy so as not to alienate voters who currently support Trump.

    – Trump’s preoccupation with Gov. DeSantis projects a level of insecurity and weakness that’s unbecoming of a president.

    – How is this rhetoric helping Conservatives?

    So what is the point of the Trump team going out of their way to anger not just the DeSantis team and supporters but fair-minded Conservative voters? There will also be many undecided voters out there….

    Not everyone likes ugly street brawlers; especially if they are being nasty to their own side.

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  5. kaysee kaysee says:

    The Trump supporters go on about DeSantis being a RINO and getting his donations from RINOs and how bad those RINOs are.

    So let’s check out this Rinoism.

    We are told that evil DeSantis is a Rino. That must mean he gets along well with Dems. He supports them (like Crist, Abrams, Harris and Newsom) over the GOP candidates.

    Is there a definition for a RINO?

    A Crash Course in Republican Name-Calling

    Pure MAGA1

    Pure MAGA2

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  6. kaysee kaysee says:

    Pure MAGA3

    Pure MAGA4

    TRUMP: “I used to get along great with” Gavin Newsom!”

    TUCKER: “Wait, you got along with Gavin Newsom?!”

    TRUMP: “He was always very nice to me. He said the greatest things.”

    TUCKER: “About you?!”

    TRUMP: “About me.”

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  7. kaysee kaysee says:

    Carbon wallets

    Political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek reacts to Dutch banking CEO suggesting ‘carbon wallets’ should be introduced to regulate citizens’ carbon footprints.

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  8. kaysee kaysee says:

    Lisa Shaw death:
    Legal action ‘only option’ for husband

    The husband of a BBC presenter who died due to complications from the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine says taking legal action is his only option.

    Lisa Shaw, 44, who worked for BBC Radio Newcastle, died in May 2021 a week after her first jab.

    Gareth Eve said despite trying to “engage with the government, MPs and three prime ministers” no-one had “reached out” in return.

    The Department of Health said all vaccines had “undergone robust trials”.

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  9. mh says:

    While Trump, DeSantis, and others may do battle in 2024, the facts don’t change that US hegemony will increasingly be eroded, and nations will continue to explore trading outside of the US dollar.

    There are many good guys that don’t accept this, but their arguments are hopeless.

    Kevin O’Leary: ‘Get Over It’, There Is No De-dollarization and No Country That Matters Dumping USD

    Stansberry Research

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  10. Old bloke says:

    While Trump, DeSantis, and others may do battle in 2024, the facts don’t change that US hegemony will increasingly be eroded, and nations will continue to explore trading outside of the US dollar.

    In Trump’s favour, he knew that the hegemon was coming to an end hence his UN speech on the benefits of a multipolar world. His view was that America should cease being the world’s policeman and that America had no reason to maintain 130+ military bases around the world. America was secure within its borders, it just needed to stop foreign entanglements and bring its troops home.

    This was his recipe to “Make America Great Again”, just focus on America’s internal needs and stop meddling elsewhere.

    It’s a simple recipe, unfortunately deep forces in America didn’t like it.

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  11. The Sheriff says:

    Why can’t a Republican DA indict Jill Biden for elder abuse?

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  12. mh says:

    The Age

    Thousands left waiting for compensation after claims of COVID-19 vaccine injury
    April 16, 2023

    Thousands of people are still waiting to learn whether they will receive compensation for injuries they believe they incurred when receiving a coronavirus vaccine, as claimants and lawyers say delays are causing unnecessary distress to people with serious illnesses.

    There are calls for the scheme to offer provisional payments to those facing long waits while their claims are assessed, with some waiting up to 10 months to learn if they have been successful.

    But the federal agencies charged with managing the scheme say this is off the table, with Government Services Minister Bill Shorten having previously said the small number of approvals among applications reflected the overwhelming safety of the vaccines.

    The COVID-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme covers losses or expenses of $1000 or more from injury resulting in hospitalisation or death from specific severe reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Such reactions are rare. More than 65.6 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Australia of which only a tiny number – 9300 by November – have been “associated” with hospital admission (a categorisation which does not mean the vaccine caused the admission).

    Since the scheme began in December 2021, it has paid 126 claims a total of $7.2 million, a fraction of the $76.9 million set aside for possible payments in Services Australia’s portfolio budget statement.

    A spokesperson for Services Australia said 2267 claims were in progress or “waiting on further information from applicants” and 562 had been deemed not payable.

    As of April 12, the scheme had received 3501 applications. It will stop accepting new applications exactly one year from today.

    Sandra Byron, 59, experienced severe symptoms that were later diagnosed as Guillain-Barré syndrome and capillary leak syndrome after taking the AstraZeneca vaccine and is now unable to work or leave her home in West Pymble, on Sydney’s north shore, because of chronic pain.

    She and her husband, Ashley Russell, spoke to this masthead in November about having their claim rejected after spending thousands of dollars on specialists, both for Byron’s treatment and to complete paperwork for the claim. They applied for a review on December 1.

    “It has been crickets between then and now,” Russell, who quit his job to become his wife’s full-time carer, said last week.

    Accountant Habib Khan, a 36-year-old from Sydney’s northern suburbs, was on life support and unable to work for months after suffering myocarditis, among other injuries, following his Pfizer vaccination in 2021.

    Compared to others’ experiences with the scheme, he considers himself lucky: he lodged a claim in February 2022 and received a payout north of $400,000 in November.

    “But I was having to do weekly calls and chase-ups,” he said, adding that pulling together his application took two to three hours each day for a month-and-a-half, while he was still too unwell to return to work.

    “It was extremely difficult,” he said. “Even though I am used to contracts and paperwork in my job, it was overwhelming.”

    Melbourne’s Guardian Injury Law is providing advice to about 100 people attempting to access the scheme. Its principal, Tanya Neilson, said delays, even for cases that she considered very clear-cut, had been lengthy.

    “I had a claim that we lodged in May 2022; we still haven’t received an initial outcome,” she said. “That is a claim for [the] AstraZeneca [vaccine] with Guillain-Barré syndrome; an established, TGA-recognised injury.”

    Unlike other personal injury schemes, such as WorkCover, which provide a provisional payment while a claim is being assessed, claimants under the COVID-19 vaccine injury scheme do not receive any money until their claim is approved.

    “It significantly penalises entitled claimants,” Neilson said. “These are people who are often very unwell, are very injured, and have to wait for Services Australia to assess their claim in its entirety before they receive compensation.”

    But the federal agencies charged with devising and administering the scheme say the complex process would not suit provisional payments.

    “Such an approach may result in some claimants having to repay the Commonwealth in the event that their claim is determined by Services Australia to be not payable,” a spokesperson for the federal Department of Health and Aged Care said.

    The spokesperson confirmed there was no consideration being given to provisional payments.

    Asked about the delays, a Services Australia spokesperson said the assessment process could be complex, and claims might also be reviewed independently by medical and other appropriately qualified experts.

    “In many cases, Services Australia is required to seek additional information from applicants in order to further progress consideration of their application,” they added.

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  13. mh says:

    In Trump’s favour, he knew that the hegemon was coming to an end hence his UN speech on the benefits of a multipolar world. His view was that America should cease being the world’s policeman and that America had no reason to maintain 130+ military bases around the world. America was secure within its borders, it just needed to stop foreign entanglements and bring its troops home.

    Was this before or after appointing arch neocon John Bolton?

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  14. Old bloke says:

    Dead nurse comes back to life.

    It must be an Easter thing.

    2023.04.15 About That Nurse (Line B Is The Longest)

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  15. Old bloke says:

    Was this before or after appointing arch neocon John Bolton?

    He made some dreadful staff appointments.

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  16. kaysee kaysee says:

    Can’t have a baby in the UK? Go shopping in America.

    BBC Scotland
    presents the shoppers.

    Calvin Robinson
    on the designer babies and designer lifestyles.

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  17. kaysee kaysee says:

    A Voice for Transgenderism

    Michael Knowles responds to a question.
    Is Transgenderism Indigenous?

    From Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007), this clip. Check the response at 1 min mark. Would apply to this land, too.

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  18. kaysee kaysee says:

    Back to my topic for this week.

    The difference between the way the Conservatives and the Dems operate.
    Trump is busy telling everyone how wonderful he is, how 2020 was stolen and throwing missiles at DeSantis. Dems are probably going through electoral rolls looking for dead people.As well as buying up radio stations.

    While MAGA cried stolen elections, Soros was buying up the conservative Hispanic radio stations. Dems thinking ahead to the next polls. Conservatives focussed on the past or in-fighting.

    George Soros-funded liberal takeover of Hispanic radio stations
    ‘reeks of desperation,’ critics say

    Now, 2023
    Mark Levin Accuses Auto Manufacturers of Removing AM Radio
    to ‘Attack’ Conservative Talk Shows

    2020 election: Trump was in the White House. But couldn’t stop the election fraud.
    2024: Dems are in the White House. Think there will be no fraud?
    Conservative media are running polls showing how Trump is leading DeSantis, leading Biden, leading everybody.
    Just like the 2019-2020 polls. And we know how that worked out.

    The Dems want Trump to win the primaries. They have a plan to “win”.
    Before the election, Biden will be sent to the basement. And he will win with 100 million votes.

    But Trump’s priority is …………bashing up DeSantis.

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  19. kaysee kaysee says:

    DeSantis is an evil Rino because he gets donations from Rinos.
    But Donald Trump is true MAGA. He is a billionaire with his own plane but still puts out his hat for donations.

    Conservatives all over the US have united to make the Bud Light boycott hurt not just this company but also be a warning to any others planning to go the same route. True conservatives would support this campaign against Bud Light. In fact, many of them are pushing back hard and urging the ban to continue.

    But, here’s advice from a “conservative”.

    Donald Trump Jr. Urges Right-Wingers to End Boycott
    of ‘Conservative-Leaning’ Bud Light

    The MAGA podcaster noted that Anheuser-Busch donates far more to Republicans than Democrats, so it wasn’t worth “destroying” an American icon for having a trans spokesperson.

    Don Trump Jr is happy to erase women and pretend that women are not being harmed by trannies because Anheuser-Busch donates more to Republicans than Democrats.

    Yes, Forever Trumpers, DeSantis is bad because he gets donations from “Rinos”. But donations from a company that supports woke agendas that hurt children, women and conservatives is okay.

    MAGA. Standing for conservative values.

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  20. kaysee kaysee says:

    Is this called Free Speech? Just disrupt something like a book-signing because the author does not support your hero? What would happen if DeSantis supporters decided to derail a Trump book-signing? Would that also be Free Speech?

    DeSantis Book Event Derailed by Angry Trump Supporters


    If a leader possesses confidence in himself and his supporters, why would he need to stoop to threaten and warn a possible rival – someone who has not yet declared his intentions?

    Truth Social

    Donald J. Trump

    Ron DeSantis is a young man who is not doing well against me in the polls, to put it mildly. I believe that if he decides to run for President, which will only hurt and somewhat divide the Republican Party, he will lose the cherished and massive MAGA vote, and never be able to successfully run for office again. If he remains Governor, which is what Florida voters assumed, it would be a whole different story….JUST SAYIN’ – But who knows?

    Are these conservative values?

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  21. kaysee kaysee says:

    Seymour Hersh

    Trading With The Enemy

    What also is unknown is that Zelensky has been buying the fuel from Russia, the country with which it, and Washington, are at war, and the Ukrainian president and many in his entourage have been skimming untold millions from the American dollars earmarked for diesel fuel payments. One estimate by analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency put the embezzled funds at $400 million last year, at least;

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  22. kaysee kaysee says:


    Trade Time-lapse

    The writing is on the wall. The dollar’s reserve status is flailing and China is slowly becoming a dominant economic powerhouse, all while you are distracted by beer cans…

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  23. mh says:

    2022 promised much for the GOP, but delivered only an astonishing result for Ron DeSantis and not much else.

    Trump wants to spend his time and other people’s money on crushing Ron.

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  24. mh says:

    The Age

    In an appearance at the National Press Club on Monday, Wong hit out at critics who take “self-satisfied potshots” at the United States, arguing America continues to play an indispensable role in promoting peace and security in the Asia-Pacific as it jostles with rival superpower China for influence.

    Also at The Age

    US sails warship through Taiwan Strait

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  25. johanna johanna says:

    At TheirABC, McGowan says that there is no threat from China. People need to settle down, because just now we are making good money.


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  26. mh says:

    At TheirABC, McGowan says that there is no threat from China. People need to settle down, because just now we are making good money.

    A shot across the bow for Penny Wong.

    Keating joins the attack:

    Keating responded to Wong’s speech by doubling down on his criticisms of both her and the government, saying in a statement: “Never before has a Labor government been so bereft of policy or policy ambition … I never expected more than platitudes from Penny Wong’s press club speech and as it turned out, I was not disappointed.”

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  27. mh says:

    ‘Death to Christians!’ Holy Land Christians Under Unprecedented Attack in Far-Right Israel

    Chris Menahan
    Apr. 16, 2023

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  28. Old bloke says:

    Wong hit out at critics who take “self-satisfied potshots” at the United States, arguing America continues to play an indispensable role in promoting peace and security in the Asia-Pacific

    Peace and security? There are countries in our region who complain about US NGOs and such like who are meddling in their internal affairs.

    in the Asia-Pacific as it jostles with rival superpower China for influence.

    The US State Department tries to gain influence by threatening the region and causing strife and chaos like a Mafia gangster, perhaps if they approached these countries with a genuine desire to help rather than threats, meddling and woke lectures they might gain influence.

    US sails warship through Taiwan Strait

    “Right of navigation exercise” is what it’s called, the right to sail your warships through some other country’s military exclusion zone. All countries have economic and territorial zones around their coastal borders, and there’s also an internationally recognised military exclusion zone. The military exclusion rules apply to ships of war only, merchant shipping is free to come and go, but foreign navies are expected to seek permission before entering another country’s military exclusion zone.

    These are what is known as the internationally recognised rules of the sea, but these have been put aside recently and we’re now entering a new era where a “rules based order” has come into effect, no one has seen these new rules or knows of their author.

    Most nations recognise that there is a single nation called China, and that the island of Taiwan is a province of that one nation. Even Taiwan recognises that it is part of the singular nation called China, as do all the western nations.

    The Taiwan Strait falls within the military exclusion zone for China and accordingly no nation should send their warships there without requesting approval from China. These “rights of navigation” exercises are outside the rules of the sea and are just an unnecessary provocation.

    China doesn’t sail its warships through the Bass Strait nor the Torres Strait as that would breach our military exclusion zone, but we’ll follow America and find a seaworthy ship somewhere and join America in these provocations.

    Do you remember a few years ago while Morrison, the minister for everything as well as being the Prime Minister, was sitting in the big chair. A Chinese warship totally unexpectedly and without any approval was discovered sailing down Sydney Harbour. The Harbour Master was on the phone to everyone in Canberra to ask why he wasn’t told about this visiting ship?

    No one was told, the ship just sailed into Sydney Harbour. If someone asked the captain of the ship why he was in Sydney Harbour, he’d probably just shrug and say “right of navigation exercise”.

    Provocation just leads to more provocation, I’m not sure this is a wise path to follow.

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  29. mh says:

    The US State Department tries to gain influence by threatening the region and causing strife and chaos like a Mafia gangster, perhaps if they approached these countries with a genuine desire to help rather than threats, meddling and woke lectures they might gain influence.

    Funny you write that Old bloke

    Larry Summers, a former World Bank chief economist who was an adviser to President Barack Obama and served as treasury secretary under Bill Clinton, suggested that US tactics have alienated some governments. “Somebody from a developing country said to me, ‘What we get from China is an airport. What we get from the United States is a lecture…”

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  30. mh says:

    Trump appointee has a plan for us

    The former national security adviser to the President of the United States, John Bolton, has suggested that Japan, Australia and Israel join NATO. He believes that through such expansion, the alliance can become a global organization.

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  31. Old bloke says:

    Germany closes its last nuclear power plant and electrical retailer E.ON announces a 45% increase in electricity costs. The last person to leave Germany won’t have to turn the lights off as there won’t be any lights to turn off.

    From the 16 minute mark…
    Poland-Ukraine food fight. Yellen not worried about de-dollarization. FT, high-risk offensive. U/1

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  32. Cardimona says:

    For those who haven’t seen it yet, this video by 3D Epix Inc is a good one to share with any normie friends or relatives.
    Beyond the Great Reset
    24m 08s

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  33. Old bloke says:

    Beyond the Great Reset
    24m 08s

    Don’t get on the bus.

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  34. mh says:

    IN FULL: Senator the Hon Penny Wong Addresses the National Press Club of Australia

    493 views 23 hours ago


    IN FULL: Former Australian PM, Paul Keating joins Laura Tingle in conversation on ‘AUKUS’ at the NPC

    230K views 1 month ago

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  35. mh says:

    The Crucible Theatre’s famous green baize turned orange at the world snooker championship on Monday (Tuesday AEST) when a protester interrupted a match by jumping on the table and releasing a packet of powder, causing play to be suspended.

    Two “Just Stop Oil” protesters invaded snooker’s most famous arena shortly after play began in two matches in the evening session.


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  36. mh says:

    White woman attacked by blacks

    Warning: Disturbing video.

    This footage is included in a sort of “mix tape” of social media posts floating purporting to be from the “large group” incident in the Loop on Saturday night.

    The woman is being attacked in the doorway of 129 North Wabash.

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  37. mh says:

    George Galloway with guest Jimmy Dore

    17 Apr 2023
    “INTERVIEW: It’s a mask-off moment. How come a junior part-time serviceman has access to shocking US documents? And how come no one is talking about the $400m the Zelensky government skimmed off aid? Asks Jimmy Dore

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  38. kaysee kaysee says:

    Beyond the Great Reset

    That is an excellent animation video. The content, the presentation and the editing. He’s covered all the necessary points in under a half hour. There’s always a sense of hope to know that there are not only so many aware and awake people out there, but they are also using their skills and talents to pass the message and educate others.

    The ones who really need to watch it are the ones who will not just willingly get on the bus, but they will dob their conspiracy theorist neighbours before that.

    Just in case the you tube link gets disappeared, it is also on rumble.

    From the FDA this vaxx message. Link to thread here.

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  39. kaysee kaysee says:

    I don’t know if the rest of you are facing a similar time battle. It flies.
    The clock seems to be tick-ing but not tock-ing. One-third of the year 2023 is nearly gone.

    There is so much taking place by way of news to read, watch and share. I’d like to be here posting on this Cat, but it is becoming harder to find the time. It’s a juggling act trying to complete the real life tasks and projects and then have “free time” for blogging.

    No more long rants and opinions from me. But I will try to get here when I can and post links. If I can find some 🕗….

    Thanks to all those who are posting here….

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  40. kaysee kaysee says:

    The music is annoyingly loud, but he gets his truth out despite woke attempts to interrupt.

    Indian gentleman vs. Oxford University students
    The truth about slavery

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  41. kaysee kaysee says:

    The farmer asks pollies a simple question.

    What percentage of our atmosphere is CO2?

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  42. kaysee kaysee says:

    10 Steps to Stop the WEF

    Many of you have asked me how we can take action and stand up against the WEF and its agenda. Don’t be discouraged – here are ten powerful steps you can take to make sure the Great Reset fails:

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  43. mh says:

    Putin meets China’s new defence chief in Moscow, hails military cooperation


    China’s defence chief salutes Vladimir.

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  44. mh says:


    U.K. inflation unexpectedly remained in double-digits in March as households continued to grapple with soaring food and energy bills.

    The consumer price index rose by an annual 10.1%, according to the Office for National Statistics, above a consensus projection of 9.8% in a Reuters poll of economists.

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  45. mh says:

    Let’s see if Kamala’s recent charm offensive in Africa is bearing fruit.

    Oh …

    Uganda Will Send Troops To Defend Putin If Need Be Says Son Of Ugandan Leader

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  46. mh says:


    Vladimir Putin SURGES in Popularity in the US as Christian Nationalism RISES!!!

    Dr. Steve Turley

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  47. mh says:

    Piers Morgan on trans women! 🤯 #piersmorgan

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  48. mh says:

    Piers Morgan beautifully shuts down guest who calls a man “she.”

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  49. JohnJJJ says:

    A fascinating five hours if you are interested in the military and justice in USA. “In their first joint interview on The Shawn Ryan Show, the four men of Blackwater USA’s Raven 23 Tactical Support Team sit down with Shawn Ryan to discuss the most controversial gunfight of the entire Iraq War, the complete system failure of the U.S. government, a corrupt court system, and incompetent journalists that demonized them as war criminals and convicted them before standing trial, despite their innocence”. The Blackwater Massacre

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  50. mh says:

    An ABC guy Michael Janda answering questions online about the RBA review.

    Hi Paul, great comment.

    As someone who has covered the Reserve Bank A LOT over the past 15 years, I can’t see anything here that will cause a dramatic shift in how it operates.

    Most of the general public criticism of the RBA is that it’s raised interest rates too far, too fast.

    Yet most of the type of orthodox monetary economists that might be appointed to a more technocratic board currently believe the RBA should be raising rates quite a bit further to get inflation back below 3 per cent more quickly.

    The proof is also in the pudding — central banks with such a dedicated, expert monetary policy committee generally have higher interest rates than Australia, such as the US (4.75-5%), UK (4.25%) and New Zealand (5.25%).

    So this could prove to be a case of Australians needing to be careful what they wish for. If they’re concerned the Reserve Bank is currently ‘out of touch’ with ordinary people, the review’s recommendations are likely to make that worse rather than better.

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  51. mh says:

    It’s why they get the big bucks:

    Woman ‘sickened’ after tradie’s act caught on camera

    … Footage shows the man in the woman’s bedroom, appearing to go through her drawers before another angle shows him rummaging through the kitchen.

    The plumber then grabs a wooden rolling pin from a drawer before taking it to the bathroom where he allegedly uses it to fix the toilet before putting it back where he found it.

    The woman claims the item was returned not clean…

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  52. johanna johanna says:


    A long time TheirABC ‘journalist’, supposedly one who uses words for a living, doesn’t know that the correct expression is: ‘the proof of the pudding is in the tasting.’

    I bet he doesn’t know the difference between ‘reign’ and ‘rein’, either.

    Being lectured by these semi-literate and arrogant members of the nomenklatura is insufferable.

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  53. mh says:

    Scott Adams gets it

    GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — Police are looking for a gunman after a 6-year-old girl and her parents were shot Tuesday night in Gaston County. Channel 9′s Ken Lemon learned it all happened over a basketball that rolled into the suspect’s yard.

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  54. mh says:

    Bunnies beat the pink Panthers 20-18 with a try in the last 90 seconds.

    Great entertainment this year from the NRL.

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  55. mh says:

    I thought the commentary from the ABC guy was quite good.

    Compare to this final paragraph of The Age Editorial:

    Reform of the RBA is long overdue. Hopefully, the changes enunciated in the review will provide a better outcome for the national economy and ease the pain of inflation now imposed by interest rates on Australians struggling with the costs of living.


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  56. mh says:

    Daily Tele

    Bunny boilover: Panthers toppled in all-time thriller

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  57. johanna johanna says:

    Lachlan Murdoch drops libel case against Crikey:

    Fox Corporation chief Lachlan Murdoch has dropped his defamation proceedings against the publisher of online news outlet Crikey and several of its editors and executives.
    Key points:

    Lachlan Murdoch filed a defamation case in the Federal Court in August
    He alleged a June 2022 article published by Crikey caused “serious harm” to his reputation
    The proceedings have been dropped days after Fox settled a separate case in the US

    Mr Murdoch sued Private Media in the Federal Court in August over an article published by Crikey, claiming it defamed him in referring to his family as “unindicted co-conspirators” in the US Capitol riots.

    On Friday his lawyers filed a notice to discontinue the case.

    My guess is that he realised that the cost and effort wasn’t worth the candle.

    It certainly seems defamatory to me.

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  58. mh says:

    Turkish Interior Minister: Whole World Hates U.S.; Europe is U.S. Pawn

    Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu—a well-known critic of Washington who previously accused it of orchestrating the 2016 coup d’état attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan—has leveled exceptionally harsh criticism against the collective West, saying, among other things, that the entire world hates the United States while suggesting that Europe is little more than a pawn of the U.S.

    The interior minister’s statements, delivered on Tuesday, April 18th in front of a room full of young people at Topkapi Social Facilities in Fatih, Istanbul, are reflective of what appears to be a growing counter-American sentiment across certain segments of the international community, the Turkish daily newspaper DokuzEylul Gazette reports.

    Soylu accused the collective West of cultural imperialism, telling the crowd that they’re trying to impose culture and habits on the world and working to create a uniform human being. “We are facing cultural terrorism,” he began. “We are facing cultural terrorism that aims to destroy our family structure, morality, elder, young, civilization, history, religion, values of belief, tradition, and what our mothers and fathers have taught us.”

    The Turkish minister’s biting criticism did not end there, however. In an attempt to underscore what he regards as a growing perception that the United States has lost—and continues to lose—much of its credibility on the world stage, Soylu boldly claimed that “the whole world hates America.”

    Switching gears, Soylu set his sights on Europe, claiming that its leaders have lost their credibility due to their lack of strategic autonomy from the United States. He also downplayed Europe’s significance on the world stage, highlighting that the continent’s population is aging and its economic output is not what it once was.

    “There is no such thing as Europe. There is America. Europe is a trend in the Americas column. They are nothing special,” Soylu claimed, implying that the policies adopted and the actions taken by Europe’s leaders are driven principally by U.S. interests rather than its own.…

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  59. mh says:

    Jimmy gets it

    Biden’s Words On Russia & China Come Back To Haunt Him!

    The Jimmy Dore Show

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  60. mh says:

    Bobby Kennedy with Tucker

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr tells Tucker this is turning America into a system of socialism for the rich

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  61. Admin Admin says:

    Hello All,

    Do you want a new Open Thread for next week or should this one continue?

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  62. Hi Adam, it’s nice to start afresh on a regular basis.

    Still checking in on a daily basis even if I’ve not much to contribute.

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  63. Admin Admin says:

    Still checking in on a daily basis even if I’ve not much to contribute.

    Nelson, thanks for the feedback.

    I am puzzled when anyone says that they don’t have much to contribute. If you do want to take part, send me an email.

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  64. Admin Admin says:

    The above is not just for Nelson but for anyone else who wants to join in the blog.

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  65. Old bloke says:

    Vladimir Putin SURGES in Popularity in the US as Christian Nationalism RISES!!!

    Vlad should run in the Democrat primaries next year, he’d probably out poll old Joe.

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  66. Cold-Hands says:

    Easier to keep track of things with a fresh open thread for each week.

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