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18.10.21.  This article recalls the 1973 movie, Soylent Green, with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson as they shuffled off the elderly and turned them into compost. But this story uses a different ingenuity given the shortage of burial space in major cities. Cemeteries  are running out of space to ‘plant’ our dearly departed. The gentle folk in Denver Colorado are serious about their mission and would naturally seek supremacy in the new order burials in which competition is brisk. One bloke in New Zealand reckons ‘vertical’ burial was the answer. Sink a .75-metre bore hole 500 metres deep and simply lower the heaven seeker down in the standing position. That means about 250 per hole. No more “laid to rest” talk in obituaries. Cremation is the best ‘space-saver’ where the departed ends up as a cupful of sandy remains sitting on the family mantlepiece. But this new method is something else. You get rolled around the factory floor to be “oxygenated!” Perhaps you can take your dog and maybe the missus too? A sort of ‘barrel-roll’ in the afterlife? More

19.10.21.  First, the denial about a missile that moves at five tomes the speed of sound.
BEIJING — China has denied a report that it tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, saying on Monday that the test was instead a “routine spacecraft experiment.” … “China will work together with other countries in the world to benefit mankind in the peaceful use of space,” he said.
It ‘circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise,’ the Financial Times reported. China’s military has carried out its first-ever test of a “nuclear capable hypersonic missile”, according to a report on October 17. The missile in August “circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise,”the Financial Times reported. More

19.10.21.  Former Secretary of State and retired Gen. Colin Powell has died at age 84, his family announced Monday. Powell “passed away this morning due to complications from COVID-19,” the family said in a statement. The death came despite Powell being fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19.
Powell was being cared for at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. “We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family said. Walter Reed did not immediately respond to a request for comment. More
19.10.21.  Every day we see and hear of excesses by the State governments in their efforts to force their citizens to comply to health directives produced by failed medico’s. The terrible thing is that most Australians are falling into line like brainless lambs.
In doing so, they are offering hope to the dictators of other countries that they could do the same to their citizens. People worldwide are looking at us with fear that our cowardice will lead to their suppression. Australia the free, forget it.
In the US many of our friends are looking at us aghast and Bob Barr puts it in real perspective: More

iNo Cello, eh? How about drums then? 😊 More

18.10.21.  Hope for the side was with Barnaby Joyce that many hoped might stand up to PM Morrison who has proven his climate change agenda. It came in a surprising backflip worthy of the best acrobat spewing slick jargon. The Man has no shame. Morrison performs like man desperate for re-election rather than good governance. Australia be damned! What does it say when the worst world polluters will not attend COP26? It cries loudly that such polluters care not about doing anything to raise costs among the populace. It’s a pity that more nations don’t also boycott those gabfests that achieve nothing. Putin and Xi Jinping are up front at least about the uselessness of COP26 and the new world order. Our bloke loves the fakery!
The Nationals have withheld support for a net-zero plan after a marathon four-hour partyroom meeting, making a better deal for the regions a condition of any agreement with the Liberals for a 2050 target ahead of the Glasgow climate change summit. Barnaby Joyce told The Australian after the meeting that Nationals MPs were “not at this stage” convinced that Scott Morrison’s plan for a net zero by 2050 emissions target could be achieved without negatively affecting the regions. The Deputy Prime Minister said the sticking point was a “lack of information” about the economic impact of the plan on the regions and jobs, after the partyroom of 21 MPs was briefed by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. More
18.10.21.  Victoria’a dictator Premier Daniel Andrews loves popping up on media. Most obvious has been his lunchtime TV show best described as “Dan’s bring out your dead report.” Hunched over the lectern, delivering in solemn tone the number rolled like orders from a fast-food menu. The brainless serfs in the kingdom of Andrews became addicted the the king’s regularity—wouldn’t miss it. Well,… that’s changed as he has found a vocal detractor that call Dan out.
One of the great media and political feuds of the Covid-19 pandemic has been Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ boycott of his No.1 media enemy, Melbourne talkback king Neil Mitchell. But it has emerged the feud is no longer restricted to Dan. Now the entire Andrews clan has turned against Mitchell. The 3AW morning host tells Diary he has been banned on Twitter by Andrews’ wife Catherine Andrews, despite being neither “obscene or threatening” towards her.A notification of the move Mitchell sent to us shows Dan’s better half blocked Mitchell not only from “following” her, but even from “viewing” her tweets. She has also dished out identical treatment to Mitchell’s senior producer, Heidi  Murphy. More
18.10.21.  Many environment writers today are in the business of hiding the truth about the costs of renewable energy. Few are smart enough to work out the risk to modern democratic capitalism posed by the financial markets’ short-selling of fossil fuels.
It’s all coming home to roost ahead of the Glasgow COP26 climate conference starting on October 31. Yet many local media outlets are not reporting much about the northern hemisphere energy crisis, and the spiking prices for coal, oil and gas. The media absurdity peaked last week when the bible of climate panic, the Guardian, was forced to concede: “China’s plans to build more coal-fired plants deal a blow to UK’s COP26 ambitions.” This column has been reporting China’s coal expansion since 2016. More
18.10.21.  Oil and gas ‘fastest path’ to reaching net zero.
APPEA CEO Andrew McConville says the oil and gas industries are “the fastest path” to decarbonising, increasing the uptake of renewables and reaching net zero. Mr McConville acknowledged there has been “pressure in capital markets” recently, however argued this was “a little bit naïve” and “short-term”.
“But they don’t actually have an alternative solution to how we’re going to get to where we need to be with net zero,” he told Sky News host Ross Greenwood.
“This is the sector that can actually help lead the country to the greater uptake of renewables and to a much more rapid transition to net zero by 2050.
“You’re much better placed to be in the industry developing the technologies which are helping to decarbonise.” More
18.10.21.  Commodities surge amid increased demand for fossil fuels
As the world shifts to clean energy, and investors move away from fossil fuels, there is a glaring irony to the whole situation – those fossil fuels have become golden as prices reach record highs.
In what Credit Suisse’s Saul Kavonic has termed an “unprecedented phenomenon”, the price of coal is up over 400 per cent from lows last year, oil over 500 per cent from last year and LNG more than 2,500 per cent.
Prices are skyrocketing due to a rising demand from the Northern Hemisphere, which is heading into a cold winter amid a falling supply of fossil fuels, due to investors abandoning the space. More