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henrietta
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Isn’t the human body an amazing organism ?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 25 2021, 09:50 AM


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And Jimmy Anderson just keeps on ......... most test wickets for a fast bowler. Latest figures in Sri Lanka's first innings,
29 overs, 13 maidens, 6 for 40

Wonder if Sri Lanka can keep the pressure on the Poms ?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 21 2021, 10:00 AM


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I'm just starting to wonder if China's refusal to take our coal, might be part of of a much more beneficial (for China) strategy to gradually buy up our coal mining ventures, at bargain prices.
China is going to need high quality coal for a long time. Australia might just be falling for yet another foreign ploy.

Then again, maybe I'm just paranoid.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 20 2021, 01:51 PM


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"metalloid nanoparticles" apparently ?? Maybe they help, but as you say, the amount of current still has to pass, and very large cable is the answer if it's going to happen quickly.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 20 2021, 11:34 AM


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And more news, this time very fast charging batteries.
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Israeli firm StoreDot rolls out electric car batteries that recharge in 5 minutes

It’s been a dream of EV battery makers to charge a car battery as fast as a petrol car refuels at the bowser. That dream is becoming reality with Israeli battery company StoreDot overnight announcing the availability of its first-generation five-minute charge battery engineering samples that use its extreme fast charging (XFC) technology.

It says this is no longer at the design stage, the batteries have been demonstrated working with an electric scooter and commercial drone, and samples are rolling out the door. “This represents a significant milestone for the company in its mission to eliminate the range and charging anxiety of electric vehicles (EVs), demonstrating the commercial viability of XFC batteries for the first time via a small form-factor battery cell,” StoreDot says.

The fact StoreDot is on this path is not new. In 2016, The Australian visited the StoreDot pavilion at the Mobile World Congress forum in Barcelona, at which the company spoke of its promise of the five-minute charge.

At the congress, it demonstrated a modified Samsung phone going from five per cent charge to 100 per cent charge in five minutes, 25 seconds. Samsung Ventures is one of its strategic investors, along with BP, Daimler and TDK.

It spoke of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. It was using a 20-pin connector to achieve this.

“ We are proud to make these samples available, but today’s milestone is just the beginning. We’re on the cusp of achieving a revolution in the EV charging experience that will remove the critical barrier to mass adoption of EVs,” said StoreDot CEO Dr Doron Myersdorf.

This type of fast charging has been possible for some time, however as StoreDot told us in 2016, without the right materials, this fast charging could almost destroy the battery or heavily reduce its recharge capacity.

The company said it had successfully replaced graphite in the cell’s anode using metalloid nanoparticles, which it said was key to overcoming major issues in safety, battery cycle life and swelling.

It said the sample cells were produced by StoreDot’s strategic partner in China – EVE Energy Co. Ltd. It said the batteries could be produced on existing Li-ion production lines at EVE, so mass production should be scaled up easily.

Dr Myersdorf said scientists at the company had addressed inherent challenges of XFC such as safety, cycle life and swelling by harnessing innovative materials and cell design.


“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone, moving XFC for the first time beyond innovation in the lab to a commercially-viable product that is scalable for mass production.

“This paves the way for the launch of our second-generation, silicon-dominant anode prototype battery for electric vehicles later this year.”



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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 20 2021, 07:22 AM


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Well, I'm a long time Liverpool fan, and an Aussie cricket fan.

Not happy Jan !!!! grrr.gif tongue.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 19 2021, 09:18 PM


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You probably complained about how long it took them to respond to your complaints. wacko.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 19 2021, 07:57 PM


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Very well done India. Only saw a few overs today. Can only assume we went hard after wickets all innings and never shut up shop. Bit tough on the bowlers who were getting very little from this docile Gabba pitch. It seems to have gone the way of most international pitches ...... docile bowler breakers. Thought we could have pitched the ball up a lot more, especially when short stuff was ignored or bashed for 4.
Payne had a pretty ordinary match as captain and as a keeper. Stark will be lucky to make the South Africa tour. Lyons will also need to improve his consistency.

A few places up for grabs I reckon ....... maybe selectors, coach and captain also should be looked at closely. Something is not working ...... and I've always had a question mark over Langer and his methods.

Fancy India rebounding to win the series after the disastrous second innings in Adelaide ...... amazing stuff.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 17 2021, 08:26 PM


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Well, we made it through to stumps with no loss. This second innings will be a real test for our batsmen ..........unless they are instructed to go for quick runs ....... in which doomed case India will win the test.

I'm pretty excited by Cameron Green. He looks as if he belongs, is not overawed, and thinks about his game. Could end up as a great gully fieldsman as well as a very good all-rounder.
Apart from Smith and Labuschagne and Green, maybe Warner still, I'm not convinced by our other batsmen.

Is Stark on the way out ? Seems heresy to even think about it, but on todays lifeless pitches which seem to be everywhere ( except NZ maybe?) , his style doesn't seem to work. Of course if the catches he produced were held his figures would look much better.

The Indian team is at home on this lifeless pitch, so things look a bit grim.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 17 2021, 03:40 PM


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100 runs for the 7th wicket sad.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 17 2021, 03:11 PM


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It's all about trying to convince people that the weather/climate people know what they are talking about. Two months after the dire cyclone prediction, who's gonna remember ?
Meanwhile, the fear thing has done its work.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 17 2021, 01:34 PM


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Chasing wickets, best fast bowlers on, and no third slip ..............
How to make your bowlers happy ..... not !!
Hazelwood getting some reward for top notch bowling.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 16 2021, 07:26 PM


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As a result, all 79 people aboard the flight — 24 of who were players among the 67 passengers — will now serve a full fortnight in quarantine.


It just makes you go AAaaarrgghh !!!!

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 15 2021, 11:16 AM


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Hayden advises Harris to play straight at the Gabba ........... what would he know ?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 14 2021, 06:07 PM


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ps

Did you see the funky guy catching the wave on snow skis !!?? Maybe water skis .......

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 14 2021, 05:05 PM


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Barrelling forever ....... what a ride.

I've been watching Peter Mel's ride for a couple of days. Doesn't look so special until you look at dozens of other Mavericks rides.
What thickness of wetsuit did he have ? Looks about 10mm ....... Michelin man stuff. I've been in some west coast water ..... it's absolutely freezing, even colder than Arctic circle water in Finland !!!

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 14 2021, 12:16 PM


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Pucovski out, Harris in. Pucovski is not having a good run health wise.

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Posted on: Jan 14 2021, 08:16 AM


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and a bit more to add to the worry .....

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If democracy means the rule of the people, the essence of a specifically liberal democracy is the principle of limited government. But Biden’s Democrats are now seeking maximum government — not to implement their policies, but to destroy their opponents. They have demanded show trials of Trump and his supporters, an expansion of the Supreme Court so that Biden can appoint his own new justices and the admission of two new states (the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) to cement the Democrats’ control over the Senate.

They even propose stretching the Constitution so far as to hold a legally questionable impeachment trial for Trump after he leaves office, just so they can disqualify him from ever running for office again.


Power is everything.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 14 2021, 08:07 AM


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So Biden can pretty much do whatever he ( and his supporters) likes. Should be an interesting four years to say the least.

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It is true that one US Capitol police officer died in last week’s protests, but it’s not clear how. Given the very high political stakes involved, you’d think the American media would find out. Unless, of course, they prefer not to know.

And that goes to the heart of the real threat to American democracy in 2021: the complicity of the country’s dominant institutions in overriding ordinary checks and balances to ensure the success of their own preferred political program.

Whatever his faults (and he has many), Trump’s freedom of manoeuvre has always been hampered by a hostile press, an independent judiciary, civil society organisations and even an interventionist deep state.

But Joe Biden will take office next week with the unquestioning endorsement of all of these institutions, and control of both houses of congress to boot. Who, then, will hold Biden to account?


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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 12 2021, 10:09 AM


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and Green politicians

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 12 2021, 09:29 AM


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Thanks for reminding me of "moronic" Can think of several appropriate scenarios ........

Trump's behaviour
State premiers ( Gladys mainly excepted)
Some Australian cricketers
Many Aussie Rules players
Many Rugby League players
Most local government politicians

There must be more, but I'm getting a little depressed .....

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 12 2021, 08:58 AM


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Channel 7 is just using access to stump mikes as another commentator. Cricket Australia is to blame, as they negotiate the terms for broadcasting. Must admit I rarely turn the sound on, usually just for wickets or when something unusual happens. The standard of commentating is pretty poor, but not quite as bad as Big Bash drivel.
Don't know what Smith was thinking when he scuffed around the batting crease. Surely he was aware of the stump camera recording everything.
Payne had a truly dismal day, and eventually the bowlers were showing how dispirited they were. Not sure what the tactics were at the start of the day , but line and length were the obvious calls when the pitch was giving no help. And a couple of slips to help keep the spirits up.

No comment from the Australian camp so far.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 12 2021, 07:08 AM


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Lots of ugliness surrounding this last test.
Well done India, who rather easily batted out an honourable draw. Aussies not quite so honourable it seems.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 11 2021, 07:36 AM


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I reckon there are signs that our batsmen are settling down and starting to play like test batsmen ....... except for Wade. I think he has shown that he really isn't a long term test match proposition. Can't think of anyone to replace him. No one in the squad has shown real test standard batting.

Like the look of our new best allrounder !! Cameron Green is a potential star .......... I do hope he is brought along calmly, with the media given a wide berth. He'll need some protection by Payne and Langer from the baying newshounds and gross television commentators.

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ps fingers crossed for today
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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 11 2021, 07:15 AM


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Noticed the female umpire bring out the new ball yesterday. Didn't think about it until later.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/cont...yer/788811.html

First female umpire in a test match ........ well done .

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 10 2021, 05:52 PM


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Not too sure where this racism thing is going, but I wouldn't be surprised if India refuses to play in Brisbane ( Covid restrictions) or Sydney ( upsetting racist comments) , and ask to go to Melbourne ......... where they won of course.

Do hope we can wrap this test up .

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 10 2021, 02:18 PM


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Can anyone tell me why Paine wouldn't declare after Green's wicket ? They've already lost time with the racial abuse chase, and now if Paine bats on there'll be unnecessary wickets lost and time lost as well.
Why make the Indians feel better ?? Crazy !!

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ps I see that Australia has declared !!! Thank goodness.
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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 9 2021, 07:20 PM


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Cricket Australia had just eased India’s concerns over quarantine arrangements in Brisbane before the BCCI changed tact.


Not much tact involved in this change of tack.

Can't say I blame them much. Hasn't been a whole lot of fun, but citing the upcoming England tour is a bit of a red herring.

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Posted on: Jan 8 2021, 06:23 PM


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We went from 2 for 206 to 10 for 338 .......... that's a major collapse. Good bowling, not unplayable, good fielding placements.
The Aussies are still brittle, and Payne isn't inspired with bowling and fielding changes. This test will be a hard slog, just to eke out a draw.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 8 2021, 05:49 PM


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Bitcoin at record high, Tesla at record high ............ are we getting very close to taking great care stage.

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Posted on: Jan 7 2021, 07:16 PM


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It was a very different look from the last test. Bowlers not quite on the mark? Batsmen with more positive approach? Time will tell with Pucovski ....... he certainly didn't get a workout today.
Hope the Aussies can make a decent 400 +

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Posted on: Jan 7 2021, 06:05 AM


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Yes they’ve been brilliant at home, and I think they gave the Indians a touch up lately. Kyle Jamieson bowls top pace all day and Williamson bats all day.
They’re very tough at home, just like the AB’s.
This so called Test competition is a bit of a farce, especially with all the travel sanctions.
Meanwhile, we have some interesting cricket coming up today.
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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 5 2021, 07:29 AM


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And expenses of $6906. So a very downmarket lunch at that.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 4 2021, 01:26 PM


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Thanks for the link Mick.

Makes sense , but what government makes decisions based on common sense these days.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 4 2021, 11:27 AM


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Had a look and said nah.
Could be for many reasons, but the sp sure tanked.

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Posted on: Jan 4 2021, 11:23 AM


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Well, yeah, but apart from dumb lazy politicians , and armed services officers with no experience and no clue about combat, and state premiers who are no better than teenagers, and state medical officers who are on a control high .........

We're doing OK ...... aren't we ??

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 3 2021, 02:16 PM


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Yes.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jan 2 2021, 01:45 PM


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The world has gone mad. The bureaucracy is "the message".

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Posted on: Jan 1 2021, 09:07 AM


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Much debate about Pucovski.
There are even a few who want bouncers outlawed. Others are arguing that because "head high" is illegal in AFL and Rugby , it should be outlawed in cricket ........ seemingly unaware that cricketers have very good helmets and footballers don't.
"Test" cricket is named for a good reason ..... it is the ultimate test. Even bowlers in test cricket have to be able to face the hostile fast bowling these days ...... not particularly successfully usually, but it is part of test cricket these days.
Our modern society is getting softer and softer, "everyone should be able to do everything they want".
Not many get into radical free climbing for a good reason. It takes very special talents, including courage, mental toughness and discipline.
Test cricket also demands the very highest standards of skill and courage. That is why it is so enduring and fascinating. Skill combined with physical danger ......... testosterone.
I do hope Pucovski makes it, but it will not be easy, and it shouldn't be.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 30 2020, 05:17 PM


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Travis Head has survived, Burns has been sacked.

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Embattled opener Joe Burns has been dropped from the Australian side and sent back to the Big Bash League.

David Warner, Will Pucovski and Sean Abbott have been included in the squad


Burns should never have been picked this season. Travis Head simply isn't up to test standard as a specialist batsman, and seems very scared when asked to field in a "silly" position.
Let's hope Warner can return, and maybe Pucovski to replace Head.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 29 2020, 06:30 PM


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With Trump gone , I think China figures it can do whatever it likes.

I'm hoping they screw up their iron and steel making with second grade coal wrecking their furnaces.

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Posted on: Dec 29 2020, 03:41 PM


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Hohns, Chappell and Langer have some thinking to do. At least I hope so, not just justifying keeping non-performers in the team. Burns and Head definitely should go.

Well done India, a really great and stunning comeback. Rahane did a superb job.

I'm finding the 20/20 stuff almost too much to bear with the embarrassingly poor and juvenile commentary by one anchor in particular. And even worse are the commercials for fifth rate American programs that Ch7 is going to inflict on Australia ....... how can any sane person watch them even for a few seconds?

Enough ranting from me. Do hope we get some new blood plus Warner into the team.

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Posted on: Dec 28 2020, 05:20 PM


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Another pretty poor display by the Aussies. For mine, Burns has to go, and Travis Head also just isn't up to it.
We desperately need Warner back, we need Smith and Labuschagne to start firing. The Indians have bowled brilliantly and generally fielded well, and thoroughly deserve their dominant position in this test.
I am hoping our bowlers can give Green some support, but I fear the new ball may see the end of us pretty quickly.
A disappointing batting display.

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Posted on: Dec 28 2020, 01:27 PM


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Yeah, Burns HAS to go, even if Langer for some bizarre reason loves him. He's had way more failures than any other test player I can think of, and there was no good reason for him being in the first test either.

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Posted on: Dec 28 2020, 11:49 AM


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Good effort by the Aussies to wrap up India before lunch. Lyon is in an interesting situation ........ he gets a hat-trick if he gets a wicket with his first ball of the second Indian innings. But ...... it will be one of those rather rare ones which encompasses three different overs.

Crossed fingers for some decent Aussie batting in their second innings.

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Posted on: Dec 27 2020, 05:35 PM


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And Travis Head drops yet another. Luckily he is a "favourite", so he'll get plenty of chances. Too bad about the test match. Who'd be a fast bowler !!

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Posted on: Dec 27 2020, 04:03 PM


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Missed catches not helping. Our fielding looking third rate compared with the Indian performance in our first bat. grrr.gif

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Posted on: Dec 27 2020, 06:46 AM


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So Burns plus quite a few others didn't score, and the Indians come roaring back. The great thing about cricket is its unpredictability. New Indian opener looks really good, so a couple of early wickets will be essential, otherwise it will be a very long day in the field for the Aussies. Travis Head got yet another start and couldn't make a difference ......... just don't rate him as a test player.
Green will also have to do better, but I think he might be OK.
It seems as though a couple of test victories has returned Langer to his "favourites" thinking ......... you are either in or out of favour with him. It will be good when we get an Australian coach who doesn't want to be a selector ....... come on Dizzy !!!

By the way, has anyone else had the feeling that Paine has just had a touch of smart-arseness lately ? Maybe it's just me.

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Posted on: Dec 26 2020, 09:44 AM


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OK, I've written Burns off for this innings, as he took a wild swipe at a wide 6th ball of the first over.

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Posted on: Dec 24 2020, 04:09 PM


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Yeah, you'd think it would take two phone calls at most to find out if the ship had any clearance. Just cruised in, tied up , and ......... hello ??

Crew not helpful ?

Open the sea cocks and then watch them become more interested. Boat should be towed out and sunk.

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Posted on: Dec 24 2020, 07:25 AM


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$2.3 trillion to spend. Poor people get a few pennies. How can these legislators be so inhuman ?

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Posted on: Dec 22 2020, 10:48 AM


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Insurers dodge COVID bullet.

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While the court rejected one interpretation of the exclusion clause put, and therefore answered the discrete question put to it as ‘no’, the Court also rejected the insured’s narrow interpretation, and accepted Suncorp’s argument that the exclusion applied broadly for losses connected with COVID-19.
In light of this favourable outcome, Suncorp believes that its overall reserving continues to be adequate. It is important to note that valuations do not take account of the potential for further COVID-19 lockdowns, as well as any unexpected outcomes from future litigation including any industry test cases.


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Background
The insured commenced proceedings following the decline of a claim under its business interruption policy for COVID-19 pandemic related losses. A discrete question concerning the proper construction of the exclusion clause was referred to the Full Federal Court.
The exclusion clause in the particular Suncorp policy excluded cover for “any claim that is directly or indirectly caused by or arises from, or is in consequence of or contributed by highly pathogenic Avian influenza or any biosecurity emergency or human biosecurity emergency declared under the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth), its subsequent amendments or successor, irrespective of whether discovered at the premises of the breakout or elsewhere.”
The Court found that the exclusion clause will operate where a human biosecurity emergency has been declared to exist, and a business has been shut down by government order as a response to that emergency, whether Federal, State or Local. The Court held the exclusion would apply even where the connection between the emergency and the claim was remote and was only ‘a’ cause of the claim.


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Posted on: Dec 22 2020, 07:36 AM


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Gee whizz Mick you ask a lot of our politicians ! They have just two priorities ....... (1) How can we score a cheap point for today's news , and (2) how do we win the next election , both without working too hard.

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Posted on: Dec 19 2020, 06:23 PM


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Josh Hazelwood gets 5 for 8 and can't crack a MoM award ?? Paine did well but the bowlers won it this morning. Good to see Burns get his runs and some confidence ......... in the end maybe over-confidence ??

Australia's fast bowlers were brilliant in both innings, and Wade batted brilliantly in both innings ... it was such a pity he couldn't bring it home.

Well done Aussies.

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Posted on: Dec 19 2020, 03:36 PM


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90 to win.

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henrietta
Posted on: Dec 19 2020, 10:17 AM


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Bar set very low ......... using up new ball overs was the only criteria !!!

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Posted on: Dec 19 2020, 07:37 AM


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Now that both teams have batted, it seems that the pitch isn't easy, and the bowlers are bowling well. Our batsmen have been found wanting, but not out to silly shots ......... just good bowling.

The pitch seems very strange for an Adelaide pitch, not slow but the ball not coming on either. The first ten overs today will be vital for Australia ..... just have to bowl really well, and hang on to catches for goodness sake.

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Posted on: Dec 18 2020, 04:11 PM


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Well. I reckon that Australia would be pretty happy with the job done by the openers. Both were disappointed at getting out, but "job done".
Don't agree with Burns being there, but at least he was able to get a start.
Next session will be fascinating.

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Posted on: Dec 18 2020, 02:32 PM


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At least Burns didn't have to think about things for long.
Cmon Aussies.

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Posted on: Dec 18 2020, 06:28 AM


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Can only think that Lalor must have spent some time in the bar. Ponting seemed rather surprised, but wisely decided not to take things further.
Impressed with our bowlers yesterday. They didn't give the batsmen much at all, so it was a very slow scoring day. Do hope the bowlers are as disciplined today and give the batsmen nothing, because they'll hit up another hundred in quick time if they bowl rubbish.
Looking at Burns I thought he seemed to be a very unhappy cricketer. Really hard to crack a smile. Not sure where his head is but it doesn't look promising to me.

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Posted on: Dec 17 2020, 09:41 PM


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Was that Peter Lalor from the Oz who had that bizarre interview on Ch7 ? Gave both barrels to Paine and "his mate"Ricky, then was shunted unceremoniously.

Quite weird.

Aussies did well. Virat not pleased.

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Posted on: Dec 17 2020, 07:55 AM


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I guess this isn't funny, but I'm not sure where it should go.

LGBTQIA+

I guess with the + sign, they've just about got it all covered.

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Posted on: Dec 16 2020, 08:26 PM


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Australian Cricket Selectors Panel

Trevor Hohns. Trevor Hohns was a national selector from 1993 to 2006, including 10 years as Chairman of the panel. ...
Justin Langer. Justin Langer is the Head Coach of the Australian Men's Cricket Team, commencing in the role in May 2018. ...
Greg Chappell. ...
Shawn Flegler. ...
Matthew Mott. ...
Avril Fahey. ...
Julie Hayes.

So there are the selectors. Hohns and Chappell can't think of anything else to do.
Langer , as coach, shouldn't be selecting except for away tours.
The rest are more concerned with women's cricket, but quite possibly very able selectors.

My opinion is that Langer is calling the shots, and if that is the case, it is unhealthy.

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Posted on: Dec 16 2020, 08:03 PM


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Unbelievable. So, will the "selectors" all fall on their sword if Burns fails ??

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Posted on: Dec 16 2020, 05:43 PM


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Like punting on a 100 to 1 chance as far as I'm concerned. Why should a player who has demonstrated that he is woefully out of form get a game ??? I'm dead set against Usman getting another gig, but it makes more sense than Burns.

We'll see.

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Posted on: Dec 16 2020, 03:11 PM


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Ha ha.
To me, the word batsman creates an image of a "craftsman", which a test batsman is, whereas a "batter" is someone who belts a ball as far and as hard as he can, eg baseball.

However, in this new world, we can't have "man" attached to anything , so a lovely descriptive word full of meaning, has to be junked in favour of something very bland.
Why can't females also be "batsmen", to show a high level of skill ? I guess that's impossible.

On to the first test and "According to Paine, Burns is not lacking confidence." ...... as dear old John Mc used to say, "You can't be serious !!!"

If Burns is put in, Hohns should resign. I think it was Langer who recently said that they were trying to go back to the old ways of it being harder to be dropped than to get in. I do hope that isn't the case. It's not as if Burns has had a long illustrious career ........

Aussie batting line-up will be interesting to say the least. Maybe they are trying a few red herrings just to confuse the Indians ........ (he said hopefully ).

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Posted on: Dec 15 2020, 06:30 AM


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They're not there to advise him, just to vote for him.

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Posted on: Dec 13 2020, 09:00 PM


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OK, so Burns HAS to be left out of the team. It's going to be interesting to see who the eventual batters are, and to hear what Hohns has to say about the selection.

I suspect I won't be enthusiastic.

ps I really hate using "batters" ....... sounds so ordinary.

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Posted on: Dec 11 2020, 07:32 PM


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I suspect they'll cobble together some from the current squad. Personally not interested in Khawaja or Marsh. May as well get some younger talent blooded.
Don't think Langer wants Renshaw ( perhaps mutual?) , so Marnus might find himself opening with Smith !!!

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Posted on: Dec 11 2020, 06:47 PM


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Burns ..... out for a duck. Back to Shield cricket to get some form.

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Posted on: Dec 11 2020, 03:25 PM


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Cameron Green just got a wicket with the second ball of an over. He then proceeds to bowl 4 short balls off the stumps which the batter just watches.
Fair dinkum, what the hell is he thinking ??!!

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Posted on: Dec 11 2020, 12:15 PM


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QUOTE
A “monstrous” weather event heading for the Sunshine State could lead to the “highest sea level ever” on the southern Queensland coastline.


We'll all be rooooned !!

Our BOM is getting desperate for headlines it seems, and always somehow they link it to "climate change". I suspect that "highest sea level ever" may be a slight exaggeration. Seen some pretty big "king" tides here on the Gold Coast, especially during cyclones. Still here.

The last call was for a deadly heat wave ........ some places got very hot ( SW Queensland into the 40's) but not very unusual .

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Posted on: Dec 10 2020, 04:32 PM


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Gotta be a pretty expensive boom, even if it's OPM, as it usually is with Elon. I do give the man credit as one hell of a salesman.

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Posted on: Dec 9 2020, 01:44 PM


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One name not mentioned in test reckoning is Matthew Renshaw. Has had a good season for Qld including an unbeaten 165 odd at Adelaide. Good slips fielder and can even roll the arm over if necessary.
Not sure that Langer is a fan though.
Wouldn’t be a bad replacement if Pucovski is ruled out, with test opening experience including a century.

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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 07:09 PM


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What about this for an idea ....... pick 4 fast bowlers, 2 spinners, keeper, and 4 batsmen. Tell the bowlers they have to step up.
Surprise the Indians, and concentrate the minds of our players.

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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 07:04 PM


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Is Bobby Simpson available ?
I really do hope they pick the best of the rest of the Shield openers who may have a future. Not Usman !! They really can’t pick Burns, he’s just so out of form. Maybe Smith to open with Harris, Green into the side.

Surely Pucovski won’t be considered now, especially with his history of head trauma.
Selectors will earn their pennies ...... still wish Marsh was there. Speaking of Marsh, I guess all the Marsh boys will be in the frame again ...... oh dear.

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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 04:39 PM


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And Burns has just kissed goodbye to his chances. New openers ? Pucovski and ....... Harris I reckon.

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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 11:39 AM


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Following on from his impressive century, Cameron Green is now getting wickets. Be hard to leave him out.

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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 08:53 AM


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Bob Dylan has sold his music rights ........ makes life simpler I suppose ..... to a French company !!

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Bob Dylan sells entire songwriting catalogue to Universal Music


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Posted on: Dec 8 2020, 06:37 AM


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Here’s something for you rich investor types who strangely enough love cricket as well.

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The first baggy green cap ever worn by Sir Donald Bradman is being auctioned


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Posted on: Dec 7 2020, 07:12 PM


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And on to a fine century , although he spent ages in the 90’s. Paine and Langer obviously didn’t see things the same as I did , and wanted to bat on. Oh well.

And now for some rousing 20/20 stuff ......

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Posted on: Dec 7 2020, 12:59 PM


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And I can't see the Indians letting the Aussie hopefuls getting another innings in this present game , unless it's about 10 to 15 overs, for them to get wickets and Aussie batsmen to get out or just a few runs. Aussies should declare now and put some psychological pressure on them.

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Posted on: Dec 7 2020, 10:24 AM


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The WI team playing Australia in Brisbane 1984 would have to be hard to toss.

Greenidge, Haynes, Richardson, Gomes, Lloyd, Dujon, Marshall, Holding, Garner, Walsh. They creamed Australia, having whitewashed the Poms ..... in England.

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Posted on: Dec 5 2020, 06:42 AM


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Few reality checks for Australians.

India does whatever it wants in cricket.
China does whatever it wants in trade.
France screws Australia all the time.

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Posted on: Dec 4 2020, 07:17 AM


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This second wave is sure impressive. Glad I live where I am.

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Posted on: Dec 3 2020, 07:14 AM


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No Warner, no Stark, no Cummins, no Smith runs , no win. New boys did not shine, just a faint glow.

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Posted on: Dec 1 2020, 09:18 AM


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Tried that. Still nothing.

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Posted on: Nov 30 2020, 10:28 AM


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Not sure about Wade with a test average only 31. May as well give one of the young blokes a go. Will be bad if Warner is out for the tests ...... he is such a problem for any opposition.

Stark , IMHO, just needs plenty of overs. He seemed to improve a bit last night, but I wasn't watching.

Will be nice if Smith can take his form into the tests.

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Posted on: Nov 29 2020, 06:36 PM


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The Indians only gave us 7 extras ......... I suspect ours will be multiples of that.

Indians off to a rollicking start.

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Posted on: Nov 29 2020, 06:02 PM


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Could've been worse for India ........... Warner flying and run out with a direct hit.

Aussie bowlers might be in for some stick I feel. Could be close.

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Posted on: Nov 28 2020, 06:25 AM


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And saves himself with 4/54. Stark's first over must surely go down as the worst in history ........ 11 balls and 20 runs.

Good win for the Aussies ......... any win against India is well deserved. Good to see Smith batting well again.

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Posted on: Nov 27 2020, 06:57 PM


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Zampa drops Kohli ......... be lucky to get another game.

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Posted on: Nov 27 2020, 02:48 PM


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Yes Mick, I just found it by accident too when I looked at espncricinfo ...... my usual source of what's happening in cricket.

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Posted on: Nov 18 2020, 09:39 PM


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Queensland win state of origin .......... nice !!!

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Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 04:56 PM


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Maybe they should fraze it differently.

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Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 03:43 PM


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QUOTE
Lewis Hamilton was hailed as “the greatest driver of the era” after securing a record-equalling seventh Formula One world title by winning the Turkish Grand Prix.


Why is it that I just can't warm to the man ?

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Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 03:36 PM


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Whoops .... must have hit the button twice.
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Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 03:36 PM


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Well, there you go ......... just a computer program glitch. weirdsmiley.gif

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An ASIC spokesman said told The Australian the corporate watchdog was monitoring the situation, noting the issue followed a system upgrade by ASX over the weekend.

He dismissed any notion that it could be due to a cyberattack.


Maybe.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 02:21 PM


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Just some wild imaginings EB. Probably just some bedding down gremlins.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 16 2020, 01:22 PM


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Could this be China's way of making a point ?

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Posted on: Nov 13 2020, 03:57 PM


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Yes there was a trading plan ....... but the announcement timing is what I question ...... just happened to coincide ?

Maybe I'm just a bit picky.

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Posted on: Nov 13 2020, 12:36 PM


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Pfizer's CEO cashed out 60% of his stock on the same day the company unveiled the results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial



Gee, that was lucky.

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Posted on: Nov 13 2020, 10:59 AM


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Move over, Greece, here we come.

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Posted on: Nov 12 2020, 02:50 PM


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Yeah Mick, I was just shaking my head when I read that in the Oz today. Think they can get away with absolutely anything, with the right connections.

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Posted on: Nov 12 2020, 01:34 PM


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Pucovski, Green, Swepson, and Abbott into the squad. Glad they looked at bowlers as well as batters.
Poor old Swepson, after 77 overs, might just need a lie down and a beer.
I'd love to know what Justin Langer thinks.

The promoters will want Pucovski no matter what, so out of form Burns, lucky to still be in the squad, will carry drinks ?

Tests being played on different pitches may find out some of these batters who have got used to benign Adelaide pitches.

No surprise selections under current system of T. Hohns.

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Posted on: Nov 11 2020, 07:53 PM


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Well the Queenslanders just scraped in. Poor captaincy in my humble opinion.
NSW also winners ....... improbably.

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Posted on: Nov 11 2020, 10:56 AM


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Yeah, everybody is getting heaps of runs. I suspect it tells more about the pitches than the quality of the batting. Selectors need to be watching which bowlers are getting wickets, and their economy, and in which combinations.
QLD maybe looking at an embarrassing defeat ....... as well as Tasmania.

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Posted on: Nov 10 2020, 01:14 PM


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On second thoughts, perhaps he decided to give them a sniff, rather than having them just settle in to bat it out.

All will be revealed, no doubt.

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Posted on: Nov 10 2020, 11:19 AM


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With a lead of 342 runs, and the day just started, Khawaja decides to bat again. He must surely be trying to show that he should not be a captain.
Could only be excused if his bowlers are injured.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2020, 03:58 PM


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Yeah , but our ABC will love it.

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Posted on: Nov 9 2020, 01:11 PM


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Yes, another fine innings by Pucovski. I wonder if he has overcome his mental issues ....... you sure don't need a player who can't continue in a test match.
Matt Renshaw also getting a big hundred at a good rate ...... also a first class first slip ...... and bowls a bit !!

Be nice to see both of them do well and become part of the next generation test squad. Incumbent Joe Burns not doing much, so must be feeling some pressure.

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Posted on: Nov 8 2020, 07:25 PM


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I see that Pucovski is still hitting some runs ..... 180 odd not out !!! But can he handle 5 tough days of test cricket ?? Huge gamble to pick him just yet, especially when his enormous run getting of late has been in Adelaide ....... not exactly lively pitches...... but still, he is getting the runs.
Shaun Marsh must be having some second thoughts about sending the Vics in to bat ........ 1 for 322 ???

I'm interested to see that Matt Renshaw is back playing again, and has started to get some runs. I'd love to see him back in the Australian team, opening and fielding first slip.

Wonder what happened to the Blues in their first innings ?

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Posted on: Nov 8 2020, 01:40 PM


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NSW all out 64 ....... against Tasmania. Must have used up all their luck against Queensland. wacko.gif

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Posted on: Nov 7 2020, 02:37 PM


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Biden as president ......... I suspect that his work is already finished. His minders will now take over, and Biden will just face the odd camera.

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Posted on: Nov 5 2020, 01:49 PM


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Looks like Europe is a problem again. Biggest number of deaths world wide by far yesterday. Christmas might not be so jolly.

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Posted on: Nov 5 2020, 01:35 PM


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Seems like China has decided that the USA won't bother with Australia under a new administration.

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Posted on: Nov 5 2020, 08:07 AM


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We need something. Record number of deaths overnight.

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Posted on: Nov 5 2020, 08:03 AM


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Shane Watson has finally called it quits. So much unfulfilled promise, but still above average in all forms of the game, and a pretty handy one-day set of figures.

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But it's as a white-ball cricketer that he'll be best remembered. In ODIs, he scored 5757 runs at 40.54 and a strike rate of 90.44, and made nine hundreds, in addition to taking 168 wickets at 31.79. He was part of two World-Cup winning Australia sides, in 2007 and 2015, and was a powerhouse performer in the Champions Trophy, winning the Player-of-the-Match award in the finals of both the 2006 and 2009 tournaments.


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Posted on: Nov 5 2020, 07:37 AM


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And now the lawyers picnic.

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Posted on: Nov 2 2020, 03:22 PM


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Aaaarrrrrgggggghhhh !! NSW just scraped in against QLD ........ bummer. sad.gif

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Posted on: Nov 1 2020, 10:48 AM


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South Australians must be getting tired ....... and bored.
Marcus Harris ...... 222 not out
Will Pucovski .......226 not out

Victoria 0 for 466

A hard day or two in the field. No doubt some old records being broken.

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Posted on: Oct 31 2020, 08:11 AM


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Bit of window dressing in the US at the day's end. I think more than a few American investors are worried.

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Posted on: Oct 25 2020, 01:56 PM


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Not a patch on the originals, but you have to hand it to Freddy, he could put on an entertaining show. Queen, one of my favourites.

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Posted on: Oct 24 2020, 10:37 AM


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Two things I like about Trump is that he hasn't taken a backward step in relations with China ......... and he hasn't started any wars.

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Posted on: Oct 23 2020, 03:35 PM


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Green reckons he hit it as well . Shouldn't have been a problem ........ he took 60 balls to go from 185 to 197, so he really only has himself to blame for not getting his 200 sooner.

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Posted on: Oct 22 2020, 01:53 PM


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Feel for Cameron Green .......... out LBW on 197. Don't get all that many chances for a double century in first class cricket.

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Posted on: Oct 21 2020, 08:52 PM


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It would seem that Adelaide pitches are running to form ........ roads.

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Posted on: Oct 21 2020, 07:09 AM


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Must be just about time for Brett Sutton, ( doctor, professor ) to be moved sideways, or more likely promoted. Andrews no doubt will be “shocked” as usual.

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Posted on: Oct 19 2020, 12:06 PM


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Don't ! biggrin.gif

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Posted on: Oct 12 2020, 01:43 PM


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Andrews ? He'll make mud to stick to everyone else before he even thinks of resigning. NSW is a different story.

Hope you are right !!

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Posted on: Oct 9 2020, 11:38 AM


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Not too fussed on the new ASX website. Basic info used to be clear at a glance on the home page ....... not so any more. Usual scenario ....... change for the sake of change.

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Posted on: Sep 16 2020, 08:52 PM


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Yeah Mick it stinks.
Once upon a time there used to be some humour in politics. Even in the "good old days" when Joh was bossing everybody around, the leader of the opposition was Tom Burns, a really decent human being. He loved fishing and was out on Moreton Bay whoever he could.
He called his boat "The Office" ........ biggrin.gif

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Posted on: Sep 15 2020, 07:56 AM


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Our equivalent is Canberra.

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I'm hearing that real estate agents up here have Vics buying en masse. Problem is that if all the peed -off Vic leave, it will make DA's position even stronger.

Anyway, all Vics welcome as far as I'm concerned .

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Posted on: Sep 13 2020, 04:17 PM


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Who'd be a policeman. Trained to not take chances, then condemned by all and sundry when they seem to use unnecessary force. What's unnecessary for one person is an invitation to violence from another.
It's just so hard for the cops, and I know there is the odd one who overdoes things. I wonder what sort of relationship the cops in Victoria will have with the public after this Covid thing passes ?
I also wonder if any of the hundreds of fines will actually be paid ........ or will it just be quietly forgotten and not mentioned. I certainly wouldn't be in a rush to pay up.

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Posted on: Sep 12 2020, 07:25 PM


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It's the real joy of cricket .......... anything can happen ....... every ball is different.

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Posted on: Sep 12 2020, 01:50 PM


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Maxwell and Marsh lead the Aussies to victory ......... blow me down !!!!

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Sorry Mick, we Queenslanders don't send anything to Victoria ......... except raspberries. smile.gif

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Posted on: Sep 9 2020, 09:19 AM


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This would make an excellent short poem , EB.

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went to dentist this morning
still try to manage the anesthetic , it will be more pain when the "norm feeling is over" .
the sound of drill still ringing in my head.......ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.


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Posted on: Sep 9 2020, 09:08 AM


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Aussies win third match.
Maxwell averages about 10. Usual form, always gets chosen. Pathetic selection.
And Labs can’t get a go ?

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England need 18 off the last two overs ......... chance for the Aussies maybe ? No, the Poms did it in one over. We didn't bat very well and paid the price. Well done England to win the series.

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This article which is about a book written by a journalist who uncovered the fraud of an English doctor who campaigned against the triple antigen vaccination ...... with lies, but to great applause.
The article ends with , " He continues, in effect, to kill people with his lies and it seems no law can stop him. He is, in short, a man of our times."
And another quote ...
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Yet what should amaze the reader of Deer’s book is the weakness, venality, vanity and slowness to action of the medical establishment and its publications and institutions in the face of a rogue doctor

And a final one .....
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the crisis in truth and its exploitation by people without scruple.


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The Sunday Times journalist Brian Deer did not come early to the disastrous MMR party. By the time in late 2003 that he and his commissioning editor decided that those at the heart of the “controversy” over the effects of the combined vaccination needed investigation, the business had been rumbling on for half a decade.

Yet what Deer then managed to achieve through persistence, intelligence and attention to detail was the effective closure of a chapter of fraud and systemic failure that, had he not taken up the issue, might well have cost tens of thousands of lives.

It’s a remarkable story and this is a remarkable book. More, whether the author knows it or not, it takes us beyond medical and ethical issues, helping to explain the political and social predicament that now afflicts so many of us - the crisis in truth and its exploitation by people without scruple.


First, the barest bones of the MMR affair. There has always been a rumbling antipathy towards mass vaccination among some people. The idea of putting even the tiniest amount of a bad virus into healthy citizens has flustered folk since Edward Jenner’s pioneering days. The advent of state-sponsored public health programmes created another dimension, lending a kind of rebel lustre to opponents of measures such as water fluoridation. In the late 1980s a health scare erupted when it was found that cattle were suffering from a brain disease, BSE, that might have consequences for human health. In the 1990s the first victims of the human variant began to die. It was widely perceived that the government and the food and farming industries had been in denial about the disaster that seemed to be unfolding.


As this was going on a young ambitious gastroenterologist called Andrew Wakefield was searching for an explanation for the onset of Crohn’s disease. He thought that he had discovered the measles virus in the gut of sufferers and constructed a theory about how the virus might lead to inflammation and then to the fully fledged disease. This theory coincided with a public campaign by a woman called Jackie Fletcher, who blamed her son’s brain condition on his having been given the MMR jab for measles, mumps and rubella.

As far as the public were concerned these two strands came together in sensational fashion in February 1998 when Wakefield and several others held a press conference at the Royal Free Hospital in north London. Basing his conclusions on a study of 12 children undertaken at the hospital in 1996-97, Wakefield suggested that MMR was linked to the onset of autism in young children. He recommended that parents ask for the triple vaccination to be replaced by three separate jabs. Although the hospital and some of his colleagues demurred from this conclusion, the claim of the MMR-autism link was the main media takeaway from the conference and the paper published in the medical journal The Lancet two days later.

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From the beginning the public health authorities denied that there was indeed good evidence of a link. And almost from the beginning it was clear to anyone who bothered to look at the epidemiological studies that there wasn’t even a correlation between MMR use and the incidence of autism, let alone proof of cause.

For too long this seemed to make no difference. At best it led to the deadly public health situation where citizens were being invited by even the most reputable media to choose between two scientists - usually Andrew Wakefield and AN Other - as to who was right about MMR. A whole generation of newspaper columnists and TV presenters, most scientifically illiterate, declared themselves leaning towards the Wakefield thesis. When Wakefield ran into problems at the Royal Free because of his continuous breaches of protocol and failure to replicate his research and was, in effect, sacked at the end of 2001, this became merely evidence that the medical establishment was out to get him. At which point he left Britain and went to America.

By late 2003 uptake of the vaccination was trending downwards. Channel 5 screened a drama called Hear the Silence in which a noble, persecuted Wakefield was played by Hugh Bonneville. It was a piece of the purest propaganda.

Measles was making a deadly return through sheer stupidity. But as it happens Deer saw the film at a screening at (I think) the ICA in London. Speaking afterwards was one of the parents of a child who had been involved in Wakefield’s study. Deer took a note of the name, set up a meeting and set in train a series of discoveries that would show Wakefield not just to have been mistaken, but also to have been the biggest medical fraud of our generation.

By February 2004 Deer could show that Wakefield’s MMR-autism link was a pre-planned conclusion from which Wakefield had already benefited financially. Undisclosed by him to most of his colleagues, to the hospital or to The Lancet, two years before publication of the article Wakefield had accepted a deal to work for a lawyer to establish a legal case against MMR. Deer also established that several of the children, far from having been referred by their GPs, were potential litigants. As if that wasn’t enough, it turned out that in 1997 Wakefield had patented his own single measles vaccine alternative to MMR.

Wakefield threatened and then sued. Then withdrew, leaving behind him new troves of legally acquired documents for Deer to examine. In February 2009 Deer’s work appeared on the Sunday Times front page again. By dint of clever and thorough detective work Deer could show that large parts of the study were fraudulent. Essentially the results had been cooked.

In May 2010, nearly three years after it had begun investigating Wakefield and some of his colleagues, and relying to a large extent on Deer’s work, the General Medical Council ordered that Wakefield be “erased from the medical register”. Seven months later the British Medical Journal (or BMJ) carried a 19-page, 24,000-word article on the Wakefield affair written by Deer. It had taken half a year to write and to check.

Towards the end of the process, Deer recalls, the journal’s editor said to him of the piece: “It’s fraud, you need to say that clearly.” To which Deer (who had already done this in The Sunday Times) replied: “Well, if you think that, it’s you who should say it.”

This moment encapsulated a feeling of anger that had been rising in me as the story unfolded. I knew that the journalistic trade had, with some big exceptions, done its readers little service during the MMR scare. I also realised that the judiciary, relying on solid evidence, had behaved significantly better, here and in the US.

Yet what should amaze the reader of Deer’s book is the weakness, venality, vanity and slowness to action of the medical establishment and its publications and institutions in the face of a rogue doctor. Most of the things that Deer did should have been done by the profession. Had he not so assiduously turned over every one of Wakefield’s stones, the man would probably still be licensed to practise here.

So victory, then? Since Deer closed the Wakefield case, anti-vaxxing has become a cause for populists of right and left, in Italy, Greece, France, Brazil, the Philippines and the US. In recent demonstrations against the lockdown in various countries a component of the grievances expressed is always anti-vaccination. Towards the end of his book, reflecting on how the utterly mendacious American documentary film Vaxxed had drawn crowds for its anti-MMR message, Deer writes: “In that year of rebellion - 2016 - when the United States was stunned by Donald Trump’s defeat of Hillary Clinton, and Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union, here were campaigners who grasped the paradox of the age; that the more incredible and outlandish their claims, the more these might spread and be believed.”

In 2001 Wakefield went to America, became a celebrity on the medical-woo campaigning circuit, made a lot of money from anti-MMR videos and appearances, wowed congressmen and film stars, shacked up with a supermodel and pitched up on inauguration night in January 2017 at Trump’s big party. Many times when there have been measles outbreaks around the world (and there have been an increasing number) it’s likely that some lucrative interventions from Wakefield will have preceded a fall in vaccination rates. He continues, in effect, to kill people with his lies and it seems no law can stop him. He is, in short, a man of our times.

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England win, Maxwell and Carey bomb. Didn't see any of the game, so I don't know how any of the players looked.
Not a bad first up effort.

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At least we know what we've got, and where we are with Trump, and I don't think he is senile.

Biden will just do as he's told by possibly faceless men. Not sure I want that.

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Why are these two clowns still even in the force?


I presume because they fully support Dangerous Dan.

Victoria is a very bad joke.

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No punishment , so he'll do it again. A------e !

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Dear Mick

I absolutely hate doing this , but it's driving me nuts .......hypocrisy !! sad.gif

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More and more outrageous valuations. Time to watch the market very carefully ........ something's got to give.

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Syllogism has been mentioned in posts, so I thought I’d put a definition here.

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syllogism
/ˈsɪlədʒɪz(ə)m/

noun: syllogism; plural noun: syllogisms
an instance of a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions (premises); a common or middle term is present in the two premises but not in the conclusion, which may be invalid (e.g. all dogs are animals; all animals have four legs; therefore all dogs have four legs ).


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Anderson and Broad taking wickets as usual, Archer a bit quiet. Come on Pakistan, we want the Poms to be exhausted when we get there.

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Yikes !! The world is apparently cooling, not warming !!

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"One thing that is somewhat more unusual for this particular event is that we're seeing that snow for areas outside of the Snowy Mountains lasting for more than a brief event and lasting a couple of days," she said.


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Young Zac Crawley had a day out in Southhampton. He's only 22, had a Test High of 76 with a 28 average.
But yesterday he belted Pakistan for 267. ohmy.gif

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Surely Mick, you're not saying that white Christian Australian citizens are being screwed are you ?? devilsmiley.gif

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Posted on: Aug 21 2020, 09:17 AM


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If you are looking for the best definition of the word " incorrigible ", look no further than

Peter Foster

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The scheme purported to use experts to place wagers on sporting events — with the motto “we make money out of other people’s mistakes” — but diverted the funds to Foster without the bets being placed, police will allege.


Dear old Peter was lining up a yacht to take him to the sunny beaches, but some disgruntled "investors" got a private dick to trace him and the cops nabbed him on the beach.

What a story he is.

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Yes, I read Trump’s comment too, and shook my head in amazement. Trouble is, Biden is no better.

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I just listened to a news round-up, culminating in a story about Co-vid breakers. Included was the phrase " ... a large amount of men .... "

Not sure if it means many heavy men, or a few very large men.

Cadet journalism ain't what it used to be.

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Posted on: Aug 17 2020, 02:06 PM


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J P Morgan wants to load up perhaps?

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Strewth !!!!

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- Elon Musk is a securities fraud-committing pathological liar.


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Posted on: Aug 17 2020, 08:45 AM


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I think Jacinda is just stirring the Aussies, and it looks good over there to have a headline that blames Australia. All good fun and politics.

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Sorry EB ........ I was being sarcastic. I've watched the late rebounds and just assumed it was a few Fed sponsored billions going to work.

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Thank goodness there's no manipulation of the DOW.

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Love the "science deniers" moniker. Immediately gives credence to the "science acceptors", because "deniers" are bad , using the biblical story as evidence.

Apart from the name calling, we have a "science" community that used to be very well controlled with peer reviewed papers. But now, peer reviewed can mean almost anything, and obtaining research funds is the name of the game.

More than a few "peer reviewed" papers have been proven to be written using false data. So scientists have only themselves to blame for being subjected to scepticism, because they have been the architects of false evidence and papers.

I don't accept that deniers are unscientific, mostly they have a very healthy scepticism of "evidence". I've lost count of the "world ending catastrophes " that have been proposed by so-called "climate scientists" since the seventies. " World warming" was a classic, backed up by completely false evidence, and led to the clever shift to "climate change" which simply can't be denied.
Whether it's diabolically catastrophic for the planet is debatable, but the Earth has coped with some dramatic climate changes in the past.

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On our ABC everything to do with the weather is a CATASTROPHE !!!!!

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Everyone is getting in on the go- fund me type scam. Just another way to fleece the unwary and gullible.
Might try it myself ....... how does “ Please help me to fund a very comfortable retirement for myself and my worthy wife. We are desperate and have no other way to live in luxury which we deserve, Please,please help us!! Send money to .......... God bless you all.”
What do you reckon?

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Posted on: Aug 12 2020, 07:33 AM


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They think mainly about political cost and political benefits. Personal benefits are also to the forefront of their mind.

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Posted on: Aug 9 2020, 09:08 AM


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May as well put this item here ........ Cows on buns ....... or cows on petri plates .....

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/revie...6ffa59a1465786e

I guess these things are coming . I'm OK with it as long as there's some variety ......... every single steak or burger being the same will be a bit boring. Not sure what we'll do those lovely NZ lamb shanks though.

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Or maybe there's a lot of hypocrisy . Ethics ? Lots of motherhood statements, but I'm looking for profits myself.

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Hmmm......... I've done a bit of Googling and now know a little more. Interesting that MMT seems to OK printing as much money as you want.

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I think every state government suffers from the same capital-centric obsession. The politicians really do live in their little bubbles, and it's just too hard for them and their very ordinary public servants to actually work out a sensible plan for differing areas.

I was reading a comment in The Australian yesterday by a guy who blamed every Victorian problem squarely on the Morrison federal government, and heaped bountiful praise on Dan Andrews for his faultless actions.Truly !!

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Alan Kohler in The Australian today has this to say..

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The Federal Reserve is now fully monetising the US budget deficit — not by buying bonds directly from the US government, but after they’ve been laundered briefly in private ownership. It’s Modern Monetary Theory in practice. It’s here to stay and the same will eventually happen here, after some kicking and screaming perhaps.


Sounds a tad dodgy to me. Can anybody explain what he is talking about ?

Thanks.

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Having set the precedent, you can't then turn around and says its different.

You can if you are a politician.

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Well, yes Mark, that may be so, but apart from the President telling porkies non-stop, and the Fed pouring trillions into the stock market to prop it up, everything is going pretty well in the good old US of A isn't it ?
Well ,yes , there are the riots, the unemployment, the thousands of deaths every day ....... but hey, Elon is doing OK isn't he ? and Morgans ?

Australia is not such a bad place.

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Posted on: Jul 30 2020, 07:50 AM


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Ah yes, I love the "Sweden is the best" theories. Even the Swedish response designer admits they got it wrong, and many in aged care have died who shouldn't have.
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Anders Tegnell, Sweden's state epidemiologist, has admitted he made the wrong call on the country's coronavirus lockdown for the first time
Tegnell admits too many people have died after he shunned mandatory rules
He now believes Sweden should have taken harsher measures to stop the spread


Let's have a look .....

Australia ......... locked down , 176 deaths ( thanks so much Victoria), at a rate of 7 deaths per 1 million
Sweden ...........no lock down , 5730 deaths, at a rate of 567 per million

That's just 80 times worse than Australia.

Swedes might think differently from us, and that's OK. If they are happy to save the economy ( actually it has suffered nearly as much as everywhere else), and let thousands of old people die, that's up to them.

I"d rather live in Australia, where the government feels responsible for the health of all of its citizens.

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Posted on: Jul 28 2020, 11:31 AM


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Load of rubbish Nipper ...... it’s all about “feeling” good, and being “popular” ....... as well as pleasing the enlightened funds!!! weirdsmiley.gif

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Posted on: Jul 25 2020, 04:52 PM


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James Gorman, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley ( USA ), had this to say , among other things ....

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“I would use the asset pile that Australia has developed over 30 or 40 years. It’s a stroke of genius, the super funds. It has set Australia up with a level of stability which is the envy of most of the world. These are the times when you take advantage of that. I would encourage the super funds to diversify and invest directly in the country and some of the infrastructure of the country, the businesses of the country that need support coming out of this crisis.”


Will our dividend loving Super Funds give up some income to help fund infrastructure and businesses ?

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Posted on: Jul 23 2020, 06:36 AM


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Jobs for the boys, so to speak.

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Posted on: Jul 21 2020, 07:54 AM


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WI never recovered from that collapse, and Stokes beat them handily. Hard to see WI winning the third test, unless Stokes is injured.

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WI cruising at 4/242 ....... all out for 287 ?? Cricket is a funny game. Poms still have some work to do to even up the series.

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Posted on: Jul 19 2020, 08:41 PM


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Hey EB, rats are good !! smile.gif

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Disturbingly, there are 394 health workers who have contracted with the virus and 935 cases that may indicate community transmission, which raises the spectre of the crisis deepening rather than abating.


So what do we have here ........ (a) have the workers entered into a contract with "the virus", a bit like a work agreement ?
or (b) have the workers actually grown smaller, along with the hapless virus ?

Perhaps we will never know.
Best to give Victoria a miss for a bit.

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Posted on: Jul 17 2020, 09:48 AM


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Politicians only do what they think will be popular. Not capable of thinking beyond that.

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Typical lawyers picnic ....

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The Supreme Court battle relates to Fintry, the home of the entrepreneurial independent digital media couple Mia Freedman, the founder of the Mamamia women’s network, and her husband Jason Lavigne.

It was almost six years ago when the six-bedroom home, with Blainey North interiors, was bought by the couple who moved in under licence, after signing what Margin Call gleans was a December 2014 put and call purchasing option
.


Never heard of a "put and call" real estate deal before. However, it does seem to guarantee a few ongoing fees.

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Posted on: Jul 14 2020, 08:01 AM


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TSLA reached US$1795 yesterday. Bizarre.

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Sorry to hear this EB. I haven't been able to understand the extra buying of toilet paper. Why do this? There's plenty, and even getting sick doesn't seem to warrant it.
It's a big puzzle for me.
Take care.

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Sorry, wrong number !!

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Well, the calypso boys have danced all over England, albeit with a bit of a stutter to begin their second innings. Well done WI !!

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https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19497/s...in-england-2020
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From today's Australian .....

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Australia’s leaders have won an award for their pollie waffle. UK website Polifiller (run by publicist Hamish Thompson) has collected the most egregious examples in the eighth annual Worst Political Jargon awards. Its 2020 Hall of Shame includes: “That’s a great question, (first name)”, to flatter the questioner and buy thinking time; “We’ll have more to say about that”, a standard get-out for “I have absolutely no idea”; and “Let me make this absolutely clear”, which the judges said is a “crystal-clear sign they are about to be very unclear”. Also on the list: “I make no apologies for”; “Hardworking families”; our very own “Aussie battler”; alongside “Shoulder to shoulder”; “Unprecedented times”; and old favourite “I was talking to someone in my electorate this week”. Honourable mention to pandemic pilates speak: “Ramp up, double down, flatten the curve, drive down, level up” and “I’m not going to give a running commentary”. PM Scott Morrison’s go-to “We’re all in this together”, which the judges said was “superficially reassuring, but not true”, also scored a thumbs down. As author Damian Barr pointed out in the Wall St Journal: “We are not all in the same boat. We are all in the same storm. Some of us are on superyachts. Some have just the one oar.”


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I look at Tesla and Afterpay and I'm thinking that there's signs of a crash ........ no idea when, but when prices get ridiculous .....

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I wonder just how many reporters there are. Most articles are just cut and paste from other publications or drivel sent from PR organisations. Real live reporters doing detailed research are few and far between.

COVID-19 doesn't seem to care one way or the other. Good luck Victoria.

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8 billion Public servants to work on designing a permit system


That's a thought Mick ............ shouldn't take them more than a millennia or two.

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been pused to the bacburner,


Strewth Mick, for goodness sake ditch the olivetti ! biggrin.gif

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A speeding tradie told police he couldn’t have slowed down his car because he was fighting off a deadly brown snake with a knife as he drove along the Dawson Highway in northern Queensland last month.

In outrageous, but real, vision, the tradesman, named “Jimmy”, is pulled over by police for driving 123km/h in a 100km/h zone.

“A brown snake or a tiger snake, it’s in the back of the ute,” he says. “It was in the ute with me, I think it’s bitten me.”


Tough life here in Queensland.

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2020 election: Elon Musk to support Kanye West‘s US presidential bid


Well, why not ? All makes perfect sense to me ! weirdsmiley.gif

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Is Australia the only place where CEO's are folding like pricked balloons and trying hard to be woke and green? I suppose it's the pressure from investment institutions which want to spruik their "wokeness" to potential investors.

Ah for the good old days when profit was the only concern, and main measure of success.

Capitalists are definitely under huge pressure from those who would like to end capitalism.

God help us if they succeed.

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Strewth nipper, that's a bit close for comfort.

I'm beginning to wonder if our Qld borders will be closed up again ...... what a pain.

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I've been looking at hydrogen as a fuel, power source. I note that Elon is not a fan ..... "Fuel cells=fool sells,” the Tesla CEO mocked Nikola's core technology in a tweet early Thursday morning. It's “staggeringly dumb,” he wrote in another tweet.

Perhaps he is a bit worried.

The idea of hydrogen as a power source has always been looked at because of its relative abundance and cheapness.
Controlling the changes in molecular structure, and safe containers , and distribution, are the hurdles.

Look forward to seeing a Hydrogen pump ( or maybe a cell exchange ) at my local servo.

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Posted on: Jul 1 2020, 06:45 PM


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Come on Mick, you'll have to do better than that. smile.gif

At least there's some water in the rivers, so that's good.

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i guess stocks will have some erratic moves at last two sessions of end of financial year


Just however the bigger funds want to adjust prices.

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How could a massive company like Bayer (Germany) buy the future lawsuits against Roundup ? Monsanto execs must have been crippled with laughter.
It has been well known for years that Monsanto would be facing lawsuits over Roundup.

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Bayer inherited thousands of lawsuits against Roundup inventor Monsanto when it acquired the US agriculture giant in 2018. Three jury-trial losses tanked shares and sparked a revolt among shareholders angry at Bayer’s management for plunging the company into one of the worst crises in its history with the $US63 billion Monsanto acquisition.

Bayer has argued that Roundup is safe and has repeatedly defended the Monsanto deal. The company plans to continue selling the product, without altering the label.

As part of the deal with plaintiffs’ attorneys, Bayer said it would pay between $US8.8 billion and $US9.6 billion to settle claims brought by lawyers representing some 95,000 plaintiffs.

The company said it would set aside $US1.25 billion to work toward a resolution of future claims, including to establish and fund a panel to evaluate whether the product causes cancer to help shape the outcome of litigation going forward.


Maybe large international company executives aren't as smart as we think.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jun 25 2020, 03:02 PM


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For those of us old b's, here's a sobering chart to contemplate ....... sadsmiley02.gif

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/covid-1...e-group-and-sex


Sorry I can't just show the graph, but it seems to be protected.

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