The South Australian Blackout — by Terrence Cardwell.

The South Australian Blackout — by Terence Cardwell, who worked for 25 years for the Electricity Commission of NSW, commissioning and operating the various power units. His last commission was at the Munmorah Power Station near Newcastle, with four (very large!) 350 MW power generating units.

  1. I predicted this would happen back in 2009/10 in my first article, On Coal-fired & Other Power Electricity Generation. This is NOT a once-off event — it will happen again in the not too distant future and continue to do so. Why? Because of the continual instability created in the grid system by the constantly changing wind generators producing insufficient stable and reliable power, and the reliance on power from Victoria, in order to continually get South Australia out of its insane situation.
  2. Any change in power generation from the wind generators has to be compensated by thermal power generation units trying to “chase” and maintain a stable supply. This decreases their efficiency substantially, more than obviating any gain from wind generators! These severe load changes can create a power wave within the grid system that can create instability as the thermal units chase the wind generators’ severe load changes.
  3. Because the winds were so severe on this occasion, the wind generators would have been non-operative and locked. So 40% of the power was already out of service before the blackout. So YES the wind generators DID cause the blackout by increasing the load substantially on the Victoria to S.A. inter-connector.
  4. If the wind generators were allowed to operate in such severe winds they would have torn themselves apart.
  5. I have since learned that the wind generators were supposedly operating, in which case the storm was NOT that severe or anything like ‘a once in 50 year’ storm. From Bureau of Meteorology records the wind was gusting to 87 kilometres per hour and, in some places, 115 kilometres per hour. (In Queensland, with our cyclones, we would refer to that as ‘a steady sea breeze’! So which lie are they choosing to tell? Either the wind generators’ erratic behaviour could not be controlled, thus causing instability in the grid, or they were not operating because of the severity of the wind. You can’t have it both ways!)
  6. It is the first time ever in the history of power generation in Australia that transmission towers have fallen over; yet we have seen far more severe weather elsewhere than that occurring recently in South Australia. I have personally operated units in such weather with no blackouts or instability in the grid system, even though we lost two units, one of them being mine. (The unit transformer was hit by a 20ft sheet of roofing aluminium torn off in the storm.)
  7. Even though the towers had collapsed the grid system would not have gone out because the line protections covering those towers would have tripped within 6 cycles, i.e. one tenth of a second, isolating them from the grid and protecting the rest of the grid system.
  8. The total hypocrisy and stupidity of the South Australian Government is unbelievable. After they blindly and stupidly knocked down the black bituminous coal-fired thermal power stations, they had insufficient power. So they have to import it from Victoria  through the state inter-connector, which was never intended for that purpose. So when it exceeded its maximum load capacity it tripped, as it was supposed to do.
  9. Guess where the power imported from is generated. Yes, Victoria!  The Victorian brown coal-fired thermal power stations have a thermal efficiency half of that of the black coal-fired power stations that the idiots in South Australia knocked down. Just to pander to loony Greens.
  10. The average price for electricity in South Australia with its ‘40%’ renewable energy is over $300 per megawatt hour. The average cost of electricity in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania is around the $75 to $80.
  11. To those gullible people who are so ‘passionate’ about so called ‘clean energy’: you can expect, without doubt, the same if the other states ever got near S.A. insane renewable energy program.

Here is an essay he wrote several years ago.

Another post on the SA power problem.

The coal used by the South Australian coal-fired power stations, although described as “brown” coal in some places, is from the Telford Cut Mine and is “low-grade, sub-bituminous black coal” — which is apparently called also”hard brown coal” or just “brown coal”, but is definitely not lignite. Some earlier versions of this post said “brown”, some said “black.”

The South Australian black out — A grid on the edge. There were warnings that renewables made it vulnerable.

The South Australian black out — A grid on the edge. There were warnings that renewables made it vulnerable. By Joanne Nova.

The Greens are blaming coal (what else?) for causing bad storms and blackouts. Forget that Queensland gets hit with cyclones all the time and the whole state grid doesn’t break. [Cheap pylons in South Australia because they didn’t realize they sometimes get fierce storms?] Some greenies are also raging against “the politicization” of the storms. Yes, Indeedy. Go tell that to Will Steffen.

We are not being told the whole story. We do know that South Australia has the highest emphasis on renewables in the world. It also has a fragile electricity network, and wild price spikes to boot. (Coincidence?) The death of a few transmission towers should not knock out a whole state, nor should it take so long to recover from. …

Digging around I find ominous warnings that while the lightning and winds probably caused the blackout, the state of the South Australian grid appeared to be teetering on the brink, without enough reserve, or without well planned protection mechanisms to cope with an inherently unstable system.  The excess of wind power made the system more fragile, and also made it harder to restore.

There appear to be three reasons (at least) that excessive wind power is less fun, more costly, and golly, but if windmills don’t stop storms, why buy those expensive electrons? …

  1. Wind power adds instability of the system
  2. Wind power can’t be used to reboot the system and SA was getting warnings about that too.
  3. Wind Turbines shut suddenly at high speeds. There is a possibility that a sudden shut down can happen  when turbines are going full tilt in storm force winds hit “danger limits”. …

There was an August warning from Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that SA can’t cope with “contingencies”.

South Austrelaian electricty Debacle - Christian Kerr on Facebook

[Image courtesy of Christian Kerr on Facebook]

Like the botched census a month ago, or the Wivenhoe Dam that flooded Brisbane a few years ago, or the costly desalination plants lying idle in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane, is this yet another case of ignorant and not-very-bright arts students running the place, not understanding the ramification of their decisions, leading to a cock-up? Really, is being proficient in bullying with cries of “racist” a good basis for deciding who gets to make the decisions in our society? These politically-correct fools that our political system is throwing to the top sure keep making a hash of things.

Meanwhile the journalists and politicians are not too technically literate so they do not even ask the right questions. Looks like this imbroglio has been a while in the making, and will take a while to sort out. Read more on Joanne’s blog, including interesting technical discussions in the  comments.

Article by Terrence Cardwell on the same topic.

Mariam Veiszadeh’s poll shocks Left-leaning Twitter

Mariam Veiszadeh’s poll shocks Left-leaning Twitter, by Rita Panahi. Recently a poll fond that half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration.

Ms Veiszadeh was so disgusted by the Essential poll that she decided to conduct her own online poll on Left-leaning Twitter.

Sadly, the result wasn’t what she expected.

After more than 46,000 votes a whopping 74% of respondents said they’d support a ban on Muslim migration.

Awkward.

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The Islamic Hatred of Modernity: Insights from Game Theory

The Islamic Hatred of Modernity, by Dr Woody Brock.

The usual determinants of relative power (e.g. wealth or the size of an army) are not very relevant to assessing the struggle between ISIS and the West. … For the conflict is less a militaristic one than it is a war of nerves between Jihadists who carry out scattered sting operations, and Europeans and Americans lacking both the will and the coordination to properly respond.

An additional source of Jihadist power stems from their status as True Believers, making them a very dangerous kind of opponent. Their moral certainty immunizes them against normal threats such as being killed. The number who do not fear death is sufficient to spell trouble for decades ahead.

What is it that makes these extremists so morally superior, and so hateful of the West? In part, their superiority stems from their absolute faith in the truth of the teachings of the Koran.

Gosh, the Islamists sound just like the PC crew: morally superior (in their own eyes), hateful of westerners, and their implacable feeling of superiority stems from their absolute faith in the truth of the teachings of the ABC and other PC media.

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But this is only the tip of an iceberg of hatred. For their religious convictions are amplified by their detestation of the cultural, economic, ethical, and political values of Westerners. At a deep level, their terrorism stems from their hatred of modernity itself. We in the West are seen as weak and morally dissolute. For not only do we possess no religious fervor, but we lack moral resolve of any kind due to the anesthetizing effects of our materialistic, welfare-based social system. Such ethical values as we have stem not from fear of any God, but rather from an attachment to mushy concepts of “fairness” ranging from the “right” to nine weeks of vacation, to t he right to never be drafted to fight a war. In the US, citizens’ erstwhile chant of “give me liberty or give me death” has morphed into “give me liberty or give me latte.” …

Finally, today’s ongoing Jihadist attacks are concurrent with the new European immigration crisis. Given the implications of soaring immigration for tighter border controls, the increasing threat of Brexit, and problems endemic to the Euro, it is likely that the EU as we have known it will cease to exist. There will then be no semblance of any “unified” EU stance against ISIS. … This brief analysis suggests that the power of ISIS against Europe is much greater than might appear to be the case, despite Europe’s greatly superior power as traditionally measured.

The tolerance of the West is suicidal and therefore excessive:

Contrast ISIS’ moral resolve with the pusillanimous attitude of Westerners. Most assert their disapproval of fundamentalism, of course. But their live-and-let-live attitude sees it as a “right” for people to “express their views” and espouse any religion they wish – including the Religion of Hate. The problem with this view is that the Religion of Hate is unlike any other religion in espousing the murder of all non-believers. Excessive tolerance further undermines the will of the West to fight back against Jihadism in a resolute way.

How the West Can Best Deal with Fundamentalism – Insights from Game Theory

In game theory, there is a fundamental distinction between positive-sum bargaining games, and zero-sum games. In bargaining games, it is assumed that both sides can be better off by agreeing on a way to “divide the pie” instead of playing their optimal threat strategies and ending up with no pie – or worse. All such games are positive-sum in nature. In a zero-sum game, however, there is no pie to divide, and no bargaining compromise is possible.

Most of the analyses of how the West should confront fundamentalism fail to make this all-important distinction. Analysts implicitly assume that negotiation strategies exist, strategies that will somehow end up with an acceptable compromise. President Obama’s stance towards Iran, Russia and China offer examples of this approach. In all three cases, he turned the other cheek, and attempted to “reset” relations with these nations expecting they would reciprocate. All would end up better off. But his antagonists ended up taking full advantage of his weakness, reneged on many agreements, and made Obama look as incompetent at bargaining as he has proven to be. …

[With ISIS we] are playing a zero-sum game. ISIS wants nothing from us in exchange for something. They simply want to destroy us.

Analogously, Iran has no intention of settling with Israel. Its stated goal is the elimination of Israel. …

The currently fashionable suggestion that what is needed is “for Europe to better ‘integrate’ immigrants” is as vacuous as the citations above assert. Most immigrants want to and are able to integrate over time. They end up great assets of the nations they immigrate to. But as a matter of faith, the bad guys will never integrate into that world of sinners they hate.

True believers, whether ISIS or the PC crew, lack a sense of humor. Nuh, just kidding.

There is one common denominator of all True Believers, namely a lack of sense of humor. This is as true of terrorists as it is of today’s political correctness police in the US, spearheaded by those who traffic in wooly ideas about gender and class.

What is happening on US campuses is outrageous, and recalls the moral absolutism espoused by Jihadists overseas. Freedom of speech is being seriously abridged, as are rights of free association. To repeal the right to free speech, all that is needed is some belief that certain comments are “inappropriate,” to use the word of the moment. “Trigger notices” warning that eight Shakespeare plays should not be taught constitute a reductio ad absurdum on the part of university heads. As for the rights of male students to a fair hearing in the case of alleged sexual harassment, hyper-risk-averse “administrative panels” now serve as prosecutor, judge, and jury. There is often no way for an accused male student to receive a proper defense. When the right to self-defense is abridged, it is time to vacate the new status quo.

hat-tip Chris

Mall shooter not a U.S. citizen – voted in three elections

Mall shooter not a U.S. citizen – voted in three elections, by WND.

Arcan Cetin, 20, is the Turkish immigrant arrested Saturday for the Friday night shooting and killing of five people in a Burlington, Washington, mall. …

Now, election officials and Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, have confirmed that Cetin was illegally registered to vote and voted in three elections in the state in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Cetin is classified as a permanent resident alien with a green card that allows him to work, but he is not a citizen with the right to vote.

Cetin immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey when he was 6-years-old.

Voters in Washington must attest to their American citizenship when registering to vote, but the state does not require proof. Election officials told KVI News the state’s election system operates on the honor system.

A high-trust society exploited and trashed by immigrants from low-trust cultures. What is the bet he voted Democrat?

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Trump turns away 12,000 at Florida rally: Same amount as all of Hillary’s events since July

Trump turns away 12,000 at Florida rally: Same amount as all of Hillary’s events since July.

Since August 1st when both parties’ conventions concluded, Trump has had more than 312,000 people at his events with thousands turned away due to space limitations. He has set records for some of these locations in attendance. However, Hillary has only had 12,000 total at her rallies since August 1st.

Bet you won’t hear about that in the mainstream Australian media.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

What’s Up With Fox and Trump? Retailing the unfair slanders of the Left.

What’s Up With Fox and Trump? Retailing the unfair slanders of the Left. By Joseph Klein.

Fox News has branded itself as “fair and balanced.”  Compared to the mainstream media, Fox News has indeed provided some welcomed balance to coverage of the national news. However, Fox News has not lived up to its branding when it comes to its handling of Donald Trump. Several of its on-air personalities have expressed the kind of downright hostility to the Republican presidential nominee that one might expect to witness on leftist cable news bastions such as MSNBC.

Why is Fox so anti-Trump? Murdoch dislikes Trump, apparently.

According to a New York article, Rupert Murdoch, whose parent company owns Fox News, “was not a fan of Trump’s and especially did not like his stance on immigration.” Murdoch tweeted that Trump is “wrong” on Mexican immigrants. In another tweet, Murdoch asked: “When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?” Murdoch had originally wanted Mike Bloomberg to run for president as an alternative “billionaire candidate” to Trump. He was still tweeting encouragement about a possible Bloomberg run as recently as January of this year. When Trump competitor Ben Carson became a favorite of Murdoch’s during the Republican primary campaign season, Murdoch compared Carson and Trump’s political approaches this way: “America land of hope versus fear.”

It seems the media is perfectly conscious of their role in making or breaking candidates, and actively does it — which reveals who is really in charge of our democracy, doesn’t it?

Murdoch was thus not pleased with the fact that Roger Ailes, the former Fox News Chairman and friend of Donald Trump, had encouraged positive coverage of Trump in the early days of the GOP candidate’s campaign.

“According to Fox sources, Murdoch blamed Ailes for laying the groundwork for Trump’s candidacy,” the New York article reported. Murdoch reportedly directed Ailes to have the Fox moderators of the first televised Republican primary debate in August 2015, Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace, go after Trump especially hard with tough questions. And so they did, especially Kelly. Ailes was not pleased with the outcome, but his hands were tied by his boss’s wishes.

Nearly a year later, Ailes was forced out of his position on account of allegations of sexual harassment. Ailes resigned on July 21st.  Murdoch took over Ailes’ position, at least temporarily, as the general election was beginning to heat up. With Ailes out of the way and Murdoch in charge of the Fox News network, coverage of Trump took a more negative turn.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

 

Beijing’s Running Dogs in Australia: Beijing Pressures Chinese Media in Australia to Parrot the Official Line

Beijing’s Running Dogs in Australia: Beijing Pressures Chinese Media in Australia to Parrot the Official Line, by Yan Xia.

As the editor of an independent Chinese-language media company in Australia, I know firsthand the pressure Beijing brings to bear on outfits that do not parrot the official line. For us it has meant intimidated advertisers and lost revenue. For many it amounts to a systematic brainwashing.

Our sales manager pulled me aside with a worried look and more bad news. “They are being harassed by the Ministry of State Security,” he said of the Beijing-based immigration agency that has been advertising in the Chinese-language media we produce here in Australia. My heart sank. Yet another long-term customer gone. …

Our lost client illustrates but one of the mounting pressures faced by independent Chinese media in Australia. Tensions have heightened over recent months, with Australia’s Chinese media under pressure to support President Xi Jinping and Beijing’s foreign policy. That pressure is part of China’s exercise in “soft power”. …

Do we kowtow to the Chinese government, like so many of our counterparts? Do we fall mute on matters that would otherwise prove detrimental to our commercial interests? How, most of all, do we keep our journalistic integrity intact while trying to reach the many of our readers whose pro-China political views remain staunch, despite their extended time overseas?

How Beijing exerts control in Australia:

As Beijing’s soft power grows, increasing numbers of Australian politicians, Chinese community groups and Chinese media companies are becoming more reliant on commercial and political ties with China. Thus, news that touts pro-China views and agendas is becoming ever more pervasive among the local “mainstream” Chinese news sources. …

The prevailing pro-China sentiment is rooted in Communist culture and ideology that have been relentlessly instilled over decades. State-run mouthpieces, such as XinHua News, perpetually propagate the notion to overseas Chinese that “without your country, you are nothing”. This gives rise to the conviction that, regardless of any foreign citizenship, expatriates cannot divorce themselves from the blood that runs in their veins. Hence, if China is not strong, expatriates are nothing in the eyes of their adopted countries and countrymen. …

Many Chinese are also afflicted with the mentality of moral equivalence which argues that  “China is lacking in many respects, but the West isn’t any better.” This nationalistic sentiment is so firmly entrenched many Chinese are extremely averse to criticism of their country. Any media or journalist that is critical of the Chinese government is labeled as “anti-China”. This is in stark contrast with the West, where criticism of the government is natural and normal. … The Chinese government’s growing influence on local Chinese language media reinforces viewpoints that become even more entrenched over time, making it more difficult for Chinese readers to accept alternative perspectives.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Aboriginal Australians are Earth’s oldest civilization: DNA study

Aboriginal Australians are Earth’s oldest civilization: DNA study, by Emiko Jozuka on CNN (very PC). It is stretching the meaning of the word “civilization” to apply it to Aboriginal culture, but this seems to be the latest push by the PC.

“We were trying to break down the distinction between scientists and indigenous people,” added [David Lambert, study co-author and evolutionary biologist at Griffith University], who asserted the importance of indigenous communities playing an active role in research about themselves.

Oh, sounds very trendy. But why? It’s useful to have distinctions between completely different things, which is why humans make them. Lots of them, all the time.

The Church of England now has no place for believers in the traditional family

The Church of England now has no place for believers in the traditional family, by Jane Kelly.

Being a member of the Church of England is to belong to a strange club, or so it seems to me. All the rules have changed since I joined as an infant…

Like most persons of the liberal Left [the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,] is keen to eradicate the last vestiges of the evil Victorian age. Growing up in the 1960s I continually heard, particularly from the BBC, that the era of unparalleled prosperity which followed the Battle of Waterloo was in fact a shameful time of destructive imperialism, racism, misogyny, hypocrisy, poverty, ugly architecture, repression and stodgy food. …

In a sermon to the Mother’s Union in Winchester Cathedral, to celebrate 140 years of their support for motherhood, apple pie and Christian family life, he told them that gay marriage is now a reality “whether we like it or not.” … [The effect was to] to remind them that a Victorian golden age of traditional family values was only a sad “myth.”

What are those Victorian family values? One can hardly remember, but if they were anything to do with the marriage of a man and a woman, and if the man had any particular authority in the home, they are best buried and forgotten. He didn’t need to say any of that but advised them to face up to the, “reality of divorce, cohabitation and gay marriage in the 21st century.”

The dear Archbishop has no idea and no future:

He is leading a church which is rapidly and absurdly losing its way.

I realised the extent of this blind alley when I attended a debate in the University Church in Oxford two years ago, entitled, “the future of the church of England.” I thought this would be about tackling the the drastic decline in church numbers … This “Whither the Church” gathering turned out to be all about gay rights, or what was perceived to be the lack of them. In July 2015, it was revealed that the church had decided to spend over a quarter of a million pounds on retreats to discuss homosexuality using “conflict resolution experts.” …

The gospels mentions conflict resolution experts all the time. Not.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

The World is on the Edge of an Inflationary Black Hole

The World is on the Edge of an Inflationary Black Hole, by Egon von Greyerz. I’ve met Egon and was struck by how sensible he was and how well-informed about money matters. Swiss chap, though originally Swedish.

The world economy is now at its most dangerous point in history. In virtually every major country or region, there are problems of a magnitude which individually could trigger a collapse of the financial system. Because of the interconnectivity of the system, when the first domino starts falling, there is zero possibility to stop all the other unstable dominoes from crashing one after the other in quick succession.

The world is now staring down a deflationary black hole that is on the verge of sucking into it all global debt of $250 trillion plus unfunded liabilities and derivatives of another $2 quadrillion or so. That would be the end of the financial system as we know it. Governments and central bankers around the world are of course totally aware of this and are standing with their fingers ready to push the button for the biggest money printing bonanza that the world has ever experienced.

Deutsche Bank is worse than Lehman was in 2008.

Deutsche Bank, which is one of the biggest in the world, is valued at less than 1% of its asset value and it has derivatives which are standing at 20 times German GDP. The share price is telling us that DB is bust. And so are Greek banks, Italian as well as Spanish, Portuguese and French banks and many more.

Deutsche has now become front page news and its survival is now in jeopardy. It has total assets of EUR 1.9 trillion but a deposit base of only EUR 450 billion. This means that DB is totally dependent on short term loans to finance its massive balance sheet. That is extremely dangerous and the reason for Lehman’s demise. The pressure on DB is likely to increase in coming weeks.

Deutsche Bank vs Lehman

ECB money printing of €80 billion a month or €1 trillion per year is having no effect. Central banks are now pushing on a string. The bail out of Italy’s fourth largest bank Monte dei Paschi is failing. Germany is totally against the ECB stepping in and the Italian government doesn’t want to bail in the depositors. That would be a political disaster. Non-performing loans in Italy are 20% of assets and growing. It confirms my view that no debts, bank or sovereign will ever be repaid.

Egon is right about this, IMHO.

The news from around the world is just getting worse by the day. Japan’s Yen 80 trillion ($0.8T) printing programme is having no effect. Kuroda (Governor of BoJ) is totally lost. He is currently buying all the bonds that the Bank of Japan is issuing. The BoJ is a top 10 shareholder in 90% of Japanese stocks.

In other words, the Japanese central bank is already “printing” lots of money for the Japanese government and propping up the stock market (and that’s still not lowering the value of the yen compared to other paper currencies!).

Coming money printing will greatly exceed Weimar and Zimbabwe

Thus we are standing on the edge of a black hole that very easily could cause a deflationary implosion of all financial assets and all debt. No government is talking about this and no central banker dares to mention the seriousness of the present situation. The smallest final snowflake that can push the world over the edge and start the deflationary avalanche. It is really surprising that central banks dare to hold back on the biggest printing programme ever for so long. Because they only need to be a few seconds late and they will not be able to stop the collapse.

Let’s assume that central bank will intervene in time and print first tens of trillions and eventually hundreds or even quadrillions of dollars, euros, yen etc. We will then see a hyperinflationary period which will be bigger than both the Weimar Republic or Zimbabwe for the simple reason that the figures involved now are so much greater.

A reminder of the context:

Evans - debt to gdp ratio, 2015

Throughout the western world, the big bubble in money manufacture started in 1982 and leveled off in the GFC, when governments had to step in to prevent collapse. This bubble was not a product of the market, but of government meddling with interest rates and loosening rules about creating new money.

Government action in lowering interest rates and a bit of printing since 2008 have kept the money supply from imploding back to its usual, much lower level — which would be very deflationary (the Great Depression would look like a picnic). Even more government interference in the market was required to prevent the inevitable consequence of its previous meddling.

Modern money is someone’s else debt, so the problem appears as if the world is also awash in debt. Governments hate deflation, so they will almost certainly try to print their way out of the crisis. It’s simply a matter of time — sooner or later a trigger like what appears to be happening with Deutsche Bank will kick it off.

By the way, we just had a record quarter at GoldNerds.

Pressure is building for Germany to show it’s ready to rescue Deutsche Bank

Pressure is building for Germany to show it’s ready to rescue Deutsche Bank, by Jeff Cox. Deutsche Bank (DB) is the biggest bank in Germany, and one of the world’s biggest banks. It’s has financial dealings such as derivatives totaling many tens of trillions with all the major banks in the western world, so it is key networked bank — much “too big too fail.” Yet, apparently it is failing. Too many of its loans are going sour. This souring started in the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, has been glossed over by accounting legerdemain (like at many banks, DB is not unusual in this regard), but it cannot be hidden for much longer. The pressure for some governments to bail out DB are immense, as a failure could bring down the world financial system. DB is ten times bigger than Lehman, whose failure triggered the GFC (though of course it did not cause it).

German officials could be about to find themselves in an uncomfortable position: Being called on to show they’re ready to rescue a bank in a part of the world where such operations are considered taboo. …

But at a time when investors are fearing what the future holds for the highly leveraged institution, such news is enough to cause ripples. Shares tumbled more than 7 percent in mid-afternoon trading. The plunge took the broader market down as well.

Consequently, market talk intensified that it’s becoming time for the German government step in and assure investors that it will be at the ready to stabilize both Deutsche and the broader system — much along the lines of what U.S. officials had to do during the 2008 financial crisis. …

The situation conjured dark images of the 2008 financial crisis — with the important caveat that the overall risks are nowhere near as great now as they were then. … “Deutsche Bank is not Lehman in terms of the overall global risk, but the political situation is almost identical.” [Not too sure about that last bit. It sounds like happy-talk to calm the market.]

“The politicians in Germany aren’t in position right now to do anything ahead of the election,” he added. “The beast in the market, the serpent in the market, knows this, and the market will push and push and push until they break the politicians in Germany to come up with public funds.”

The Financial System Is On The Cusp Of Collapse, by Kranzler Research. Maybe, maybe not.

DB stock is now in a full panic sell-off as I write this.  It just hit another new all-time NYSE low on by the heaviest volume ever in the stock since its 2001 NYSE listing.  It’s currently down almost 10%.  No doubt the Central Banks will try to bounce it.

Deutsche Bank may well be the scapegoat this time around just like Lehman was the scapegoat in 2008. Central Banks in collusion can prevent just one bank from collapsing. It was the co-collapsing of AIG and Goldman Sachs that prompted then-Secretary of Treasury, ex-Goldman CEO Henry Paulson, to put in motion the bailout of the U.S. and European banking system. …

This is 2008 redux – only this time the damage inflicted by derivatives counterparties collapsing will be much worse because the size and scale of the problem is much larger. …

Make no mistake, DB is not the only big bank in trouble right now.  I have no doubt the phone wires between the U.S. and European Too Big To Fails are sizzling.

Greenpeace Protest Oil and Gas Exploration in Great Australian Bight

Greenpeace Protest Oil and Gas Exploration in Great Australian Bight, by Jaymez.

I have seen multitudes of posts from Greenpeace trying to drum up support, and donations of course, on the back of a protest against BP’s plans for exploration drilling for oil and gas in the Great Australian Bight. In their social media material they describe The Bight as ‘Unique,’ ‘Pristine,’ ‘Environmentally Crucial,’ and the latest, ‘home of the southern right whale.’

Firstly, the Great Australian Bight is no more, or less, environmentally important than any other coastline around the world. There is even less reason to consider any part it unique or special, because it is simply so large.

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Jaymez gets stuck into Greenpeace for their nonsense, in a Wentworth Report original. Read it all.

Charlotte Horror: How Trapped Drivers Pleaded with 911 to Rescue Them From Seething Mob

Charlotte Horror: How Trapped Drivers Pleaded with 911 to Rescue Them From Seething Mob, by Emily Zanotti.

Charlotte motorists were caught in a terrifying nightmare as rioters flooded onto I-85 and surrounded their cars during last week’s unrest– and many drivers pleaded with emergency services to rescue them from the demonstrators.

The city of Charlotte has released a number of 911 tapes, including calls made from gridlocked motorists on Charlotte streets who feared for their lives as protests over the death of Keith Scott moved to block highways going in and out of the city. Dozens of vehicles were stopped on I-85 and other major thoroughfares. According to some of the motorists trapped on the streets, protesters jumped on cars, mobbed trucks, and threw rocks.

“I’m trapped,” one motorist told the 911 dispatchers. “They’re all in the street … Oh my God, they’re coming!” Screams could be heard in the background, according to local media who reviewed the tapes. …

Even big rig truckers were unnerved by the melee, calling 911 to report that they were trapped in their trucks as looters opened their trailers and stole their cargo.  “They’re breaking into my truck, the mob out here,” one trucker told Charlotte police. “I can’t move. There’s a whole mob of people, I’m not kidding. Yep, they’ve taken everything. They’ve got the whole road blocked.” …

Truckers also reported that rioters had started fires on the highway. That made a getaway in the truck impossible, and leaving the truck on foot too dangerous.

After the Republic

After the Republic, by Angleo Codevilla. A long but very thoughtful piece by an astute observer with a track record of noting trends early and accurately. Read it all. Applies to the US, but most of their changes show up on Australian shores soon enough. Not good for those of us not in the global elite.

This election is about whether the Democratic Party, the ruling class’s enforcer, will impose its tastes more strongly and arbitrarily than ever, or whether constituencies opposed to that rule will get some ill-defined chance to strike back.

Regardless of the election’s outcome, the republic established by America’s Founders is probably gone. But since the Democratic Party’s constituencies differ radically from their opponents’, and since the character of imperial governance depends inherently on the emperor, the election’s result will make a big difference in our lives.

Both major parties teamed up since 2008, and the US Constitution is no longer sufficient protection for the Republic:

The overriding question of 2016 has been how eager the American people are to reject the bipartisan class that has ruled this country contrary to its majority’s convictions. …

The ruling class’s united front in response to the 2008 financial crisis had ignited the Tea Party’s call for adherence to the Constitution, and led to elections that gave control of both houses of Congress to the Republican Party. But as Republicans became full partners in the ruling class’s headlong rush in what most considered disastrous directions, Americans lost faith in the Constitution’s power to restrain the wrecking of their way of life. …

[T]hose in power basically do what they please. Executive orders, phone calls, and the right judge mean a lot more than laws. … Over the past half-century, presidents have ruled not by enforcing laws but increasingly through agencies that write their own rules, interpret them, and punish unaccountably — the administrative state.

As for the Supreme Court, the American people have seen it invent rights where there were none — e.g., abortion — while trammeling ones that had been the republic’s spine, such as the free exercise of religion and freedom of speech. The Court taught Americans that the word “public” can mean “private” (Kelo v. City of New London), that “penalty” can mean “tax” (King v. Burwell), and that holding an opinion contrary to its own can only be due to an “irrational animus” (Obergefell v. Hodges).

“Discrimination” law now overrides the US Constitution, a tool to do as the ruling group pleases:

What goes by the name “constitutional law” has been eclipsing the U.S. Constitution for a long time. But when the 1964 Civil Rights Act substituted a wholly open-ended mandate to oppose “discrimination” for any and all fundamental rights, it became the little law that ate the Constitution.

Now, because the Act pretended that the commerce clause trumps the freedom of persons to associate or not with whomever they wish, and is being taken to mean that it trumps the free exercise of religion as well, bakers and photographers are forced to take part in homosexual weddings. …

This arbitrary power, whose rabid guard-dog growls and barks: “Racist! Sexist! Homophobic!” has transformed our lives by removing restraints on government. …

The ruling class having chosen raw power over law and persuasion, the American people reasonably concluded that raw power is the only way to counter it, and looked for candidates who would do that.

How power in the US works now.

In today’s America, a network of executive, judicial, bureaucratic, and social kinship channels bypasses the sovereignty of citizens.

Our imperial regime, already in force, works on a simple principle: the president and the cronies who populate these channels may do whatever they like so long as the bureaucracy obeys and one third plus one of the Senate protects him from impeachment.

If you are on the right side of that network, you can make up the rules as you go along, ignore or violate any number of laws, obfuscate or commit perjury about what you are doing (in the unlikely case they put you under oath), and be certain of your peers’ support. These cronies’ shared social and intellectual identity stems from the uniform education they have received in the universities. Because disdain for ordinary Americans is this ruling class’s chief feature, its members can be equally certain that all will join in celebrating each, and in demonizing their respective opponents.

And, because the ruling class blurs the distinction between public and private business, connection to that class has become the principal way of getting rich in America.

Not so long ago, the way to make it here was to start a business that satisfied customers’ needs better than before. … Rent-seeking through influence on regulations is [now] the path to wealth. In the professions, competitive exams were the key to entry and advancement not so long ago. Now, you have to make yourself acceptable to your superiors. More important, judicial decisions and administrative practice have divided Americans into “protected classes” — possessed of special privileges and immunities — and everybody else.

Equality before the law and equality of opportunity are memories.

Look at the fundamental changes since the 1960s:

Fifty years ago, prayer in the schools was near universal, but no one was punished for not praying. Nowadays, countless people are arrested or fired for praying on school property. West Point’s commanding general reprimanded the football coach for his team’s thanksgiving prayer.

Fifty years ago, bringing sexually explicit stuff into schools was treated as a crime, as was “procuring abortion.” Nowadays, schools contract with Planned Parenthood to teach sex, and will not tell parents when they take girls to PP facilities for abortions.

Back then, many schools worked with the National Rifle Association to teach gun handling and marksmanship. Now students are arrested and expelled merely for pointing their finger and saying “bang.”

In those benighted times, boys who ventured into the girls’ bathroom were expelled as perverts. Now, girls are suspended for objecting to boys coming into the girls’ room under pretense of transgenderism.

The mainstreaming of pornography, the invention of abortion as the most inalienable of human rights and, most recently, the designation of opposition to homosexual marriage as a culpable psychosis — none of which is dictated by law enacted by elected officials — is enforced as if it had been.

Look what the ruling class has inflicted on the rest of America:

Who, a generation ago, could have guessed that careers and social standing could be ruined by stating the fact that the paramount influence on the earth’s climate is the sun, that its output of energy varies and with it the climate?

Who, a decade ago, could have predicted that stating that marriage is the union of a man and a woman would be treated as a culpable sociopathy, or just yesterday that refusing to let certifiably biological men into women’s bathrooms would disqualify you from mainstream society?

Or that saying that the lives of white people “matter” as much as those of blacks is evidence of racism? …

What if Trump wins?

The character of an eventual Trump Administration is unpredictable because speculating about Trump’s mind is futile. It is equally futile to guess how he might react to the mixture of flattery and threats sure to be leveled against him.

The entire ruling class — Democrats and Republicans, the bulk of the bureaucracy, the judiciary, and the press — would do everything possible to thwart him; and the constituencies that chose him as their candidate, and that might elect him, are surely not united and are by no means clear about the demands they would press. Moreover, it is anyone’s guess whom he would appoint and how he would balance his constituencies’ pressures against those of the ruling class. …

Trump’s slogan — “make America great again” — is the broadest, most unspecific, common denominator of non-ruling-class Americans’ diverse dissatisfaction with what has happened to the country. He talks about reasserting America’s identity, at least by controlling the borders; governing in America’s own interest rather than in pursuit of objectives of which the American people have not approved; stopping the export of jobs and removing barriers to business; and banishing political correctness’s insults and injuries. But all that together does not amount to making America great again.

What would it take to make America great again?

[T]he United States of America was great because of a whole bunch of things that now are gone. Yes, the ruling class led the way in personal corruption, cheating on tests, lowering of professional standards, abandoning churches and synagogues for the Playboy Philosophy and lifestyle, disregarding law, basing economic life on gaming the administrative state, basing politics on conflicting identities, and much more. But much of the rest of the country followed. What would it take to make America great again—or indeed to make any of the changes that Trump’s voters demand? Replacing the current ruling class would be only the beginning.

How decades of divorce helped erode religion

How decades of divorce helped erode religion, by Julie Zimmer.

Two widely recognized trends in American society might have something to do with each other.

Divorce rates climbed to the highest levels ever in the 1980s, when about half of all marriages ended in divorce.

And in the present day, Americans are rapidly becoming less religious. Since 1972, the share of Americans who say they do not adhere to any particular religion has increased from 5 percent of the population to 25 percent.

Could those two trends be related? A new study from the Public Religion Research Institute says yes. The children of divorced parents have grown up to be adults of no religion.

People whose parents divorced when they were children are significantly more likely to grow up not to be religious as adults, the study found. Thirty-five percent of the children of divorced parents told pollsters they are now nonreligious, compared with 23 percent of people whose parents were married when they were children. … Cox said his team found that even children of divorced parents who are religious are less religious than their peers.

Support for Indigenous constitutional recognition drops below 60% – poll

Support for Indigenous constitutional recognition drops below 60% – poll, by Paul Karp.

Support for recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution has dropped below 60%, according to an Essential poll released today.

The poll of 1,006 respondents found 58% said they would vote yes in a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution.

The figure is a large decline on a poll commissioned by Recognise in 2015 which found 85% in favour of constitutional recognition but only a small decline on a JWS Research poll in July which found 60% in favour of recognition and 59% in favour of a treaty.

Obama’s Reckless Plan Threatens U.S. Oversight of Internet

Obama’s Reckless Plan Threatens U.S. Oversight of Internet, by Roger Arnoff.

The Obama administration is poised to surrender control of certain Internet functions to non-profit ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, on October 1. …

President Obama is seeking to cede oversight of Internet protocols to a multinational body, effectively ending unilateral American control over these functions. …

According to Americans for Limited Government’s senior editor Robert Romano, … this is the “Last chance to save the free and open Internet.

Haven’t heard much about this in the media. It seems to being slipping under the radar, yet might have far reaching ramifications for freedom of speech around the world. Cannot be good.

An international body doesn’t inspire me with confidence, what with the UN Haman Rights Council often led by nasty dictatorships. Changes will be hidden by a wall of bureaucratic complexity, made by unaccountable globalist types who won’t have my interests at heart.

The US Congress just overruled Obama on suing the Saudis over 911 — maybe they could override him on this too.

[T[he mainstream media are working to cast the change as managerial, and inconsequential. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glenn Kessler recently gave Senator Cruz three Pinocchios for saying that the change would “empower countries like Russia, like China, like Iran to be able to censor speech on the Internet.” This is because, Kessler writes, “ICANN says it is only a technical administrator that does not regulate content on the Internet” and this claims “it has power that does not exist.”

Similarly, The Los Angeles Times editorial board calls Sen. Cruz’s argument “ridiculous.” “The only role the U.S. government plays today is an administrative one, checking to make sure that ICANN follows the correct procedures before any changes to the master list of domains can go into effect,” they write. “That’s hardly the Internet’s last defense against the tyranny of despots.”

However, the LA Times editorial board may be overlooking other functions of ICANN. According to Motherboard, “one of the most important cryptographic key pairs on the internet” is about to be changed “for the first time” by none other than ICANN. “This key ensures that when web users try to visit a website, they get sent to the correct address,” writes Joseph Cox. “Without it, many internet users could be directed to imposter sites crafted by hackers, such as phishing websites designed to steal information.”

According to the Epoch Times, the New York-based newspaper owned and run by Chinese-Americans opposed to the Communist regime in China, “Already, the Chinese regime is moving to fill the void left by the U.S. handover—and its new system for governing the internet goes far beyond the responsibilities held by ICANN.” They state that “Over the last two years, Chinese leaders have drafted an authoritarian set of laws that governs every facet of the internet.” …

The last word at this stage seems to be:

Sen. Cruz and Representative Sean Duffy (R-WI): “It’s important to remember that the devil is always in the details, and what the administration attempts to spin as a ‘clerical’ function can easily be used to bludgeon free speech.”

Why is the US allowing the Internet control to slip away? Opinions vary, but here is Sen. Cruz again:

“So why is Obama willing to jeopardize internet freedom?” they ask. “The administration believes that continued U.S. supervision of the domain name system will prompt China, Russia, Iran, and other countries that have been clamoring for more influence in internet governance to fracture the internet by setting up their own networks, perhaps under United Nations control…By ending U.S. oversight, the Obama administration will disempower the American people and empower China, Russia, and Iran, putting those regimes one step closer to their goal,” which Cruz and Duffy argue is “to control the global internet infrastructure.”

The change is irreversible.

South Australia blackout: wake-up call on renewables, Turnbull says

South Australia blackout: wake-up call on renewables, Turnbull says, by Jared Owens.

Malcolm Turnbull has blasted state Labor governments for imposing “ideological” renewable energy targets, describing the South Australian blackout as a “wake-up call” to focus on energy security.

The Prime Minister accepted fierce winds and lightning strikes were the “immediate cause” of the statewide power failure, but there was “no doubt” that the “extremely aggressive” shift to renewables had strained the electricity network. …

In South Australia, wind and solar account for around 40 per cent of electricity generation, the highest percentage in the nation.

Censorship: Facebook Deleted 100,000 ‘Hate Posts, Insults’ in Just One Month

Censorship: Facebook Deleted 100,000 ‘Hate Posts, Insults’ in Just One Month, by Virginia Hale.

Facebook revealed that within the last month it deleted 100,000 posts by German users for containing “hate”, but Justice Minister Heiko Maas has blasted the figure as too low. …

In Germany’s fight against “hate speech” on the internet, a task force of several Internet companies including Facebook agreed to delete posts which are punishable under German law within 24 hours. …

Since Angela Merkel’s decision to allow more than 1.6 million migrants into Germany, the government has taken an incredibly hard line on free speech on the internet. Police have conducted raids on the homes of people suspected to have made posts critical of migrants.

Funny how political discussion has increasingly become an argument over what you are allowed to say. This despite the long tradition of freedom of speech in the Anglosphere (though not in Germany). The politically correct are really throwing their weight around now that they own the courts, the media, the bureaucracy, … A fundamental change to wards tyranny is underway.

Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill

Congress Votes to Override Obama Veto on 9/11 Victims Bill, by Jennifer Steinhauer. Good to see that executive power isn’t yet supreme in the leading Western nation. Good to see the Saudis lose influence in Washington.

Congress on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to override a veto by President Obama for the first time, passing into law a bill that would allow the families of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot.

Democrats in large numbers joined with Republicans to deliver a remarkable rebuke to the president. The 97-to-1 vote in the Senate and the 348-to-77 vote in the House displayed the enduring power of the Sept. 11 families in Washington and the diminishing influence here of the Saudi government.

The new law, enacted over the fierce objections of the White House, immediately alters the legal landscape. American courts could seize Saudi assets to pay for any judgment obtained by the Sept. 11 families, while Saudi officials have warned they might need to sell off hundreds of billions of dollars in holdings in the United States to avoid such an outcome.

Bibi Backs Trump — on Putin

Bibi Backs Trump — on Putin, by Pat Buchanan.

Since Donald Trump said that if Vladimir Putin praises him, he would return the compliment, Republican outrage has not abated. …

John McCain told Pence that Putin was a “thug and a butcher,” and Trump’s embrace of him intolerable. …

Let’s get a sense of proportion. The Cold War is long over.

What causes the Republican Party to lose it whenever the name of Vladimir Putin is raised?

Putin is no Stalin, whom FDR and Harry Truman called “Good old Joe” and “Uncle Joe.” Unlike Nikita Khrushchev, he never drowned a Hungarian Revolution in blood. He did crush the Chechen secession. But what did he do there that General Sherman did not do to Atlanta when Georgia seceded from Mr. Lincoln’s Union? …

Still, Putin committed “aggression” in Ukraine, we are told. But was that really aggression, or reflexive strategic reaction? … Moscow did indeed support secessionist pro-Russia rebels in East Ukraine. But did not the U.S. launch a 78-day bombing campaign on tiny Serbia to effect a secession of its cradle province of Kosovo?

Russia is reportedly hacking into our political institutions. If so, it ought to stop. But have not our own CIA, National Endowment for Democracy, and NGOs meddled in Russia’s internal affairs for years?

Putin is a nationalist who looks out for Russia first. He also heads a nation twice the size of ours with an arsenal equal to our own, and no peace in Eurasia can be made without him. We have to deal with him. How does it help to call him names?

Putin is no worse than any number of US friends:

And what is Putin doing in terms of repression to outmatch our NATO ally, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and our Arab ally, Egypt’s General el-Sissi?

Is Putin’s Russia more repressive than Xi Jinping’s China? Yet, Republicans rarely use “thug” when speaking about Xi. …

Scores of the world’s 190-odd nations are today ruled by autocrats. How does it advance our interests or diplomacy by having congressional leaders yapping “thug” at the ruler of a nation with hundreds of nuclear warheads?

A friend of my friend is a friend?

According to foreign policy scholar Stephen Sniegoski, when Putin first visited Israel in 2005, President Moshe Katsav hailed him as a “friend of Israel” and Ariel Sharon said he was “among brothers.” In the last year alone, Bibi Netanyahu has gone to Moscow three times and Putin has visited Israel. The two get along wonderfully well.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Entire state of South Australia without electricity as storm hits

Entire state of South Australia without electricity as storm hits, by Joanne Nova.

A storm hit, possibly the worst for 50 years. Winds of 90km/hr gusting to 140km/hr. Reports are that everyone is being told to use their radio’s and stay off the streets. The blackout struck at 4.30pm AEST. Wednesday. UPDATE Wendesday night: Power is coming back to some, but questions are being asked about the state which has more renewable energy than any other in the world. It sure looks like a management disaster. Want to build subs by torchlight?

How long before someone blames climate change?

Five hours later Will Steffen claims it’s driven by climate change: ““The atmosphere is packing much more energy than 70 years ago… This is a prelude to a disturbing future.”

Never mind that there was a worse storm 50 years ago. What was that a prelude too, Will? Fifty years of better weather.

Witchdoctors have no shame.

Commenter James Doogue:

Unless you are in a region blessed by reliable hydro, then with today’s available technology you are always going to have to rely on fossil fuel generated power to back up the wind and solar. If you are going to have the fossil fuel generators sitting there with enough capacity to back up the whole grid, you may as well not bother with the expensive and unreliable wind and solar.

If you happen to think that CO2 emissions are that important, you can’t really justify all the CO2 emissions required to manufacture and maintain the renewable network while also building and maintaining the fossil fuel network.

If people were genuinely concerned about CO2 emissions while wanting to maintain our quality of lifestyle, we should be going headlong into nuclear power, and preferably thorium fuelled.

How is that renewable energy working for you? by Sinclair Davidson.

Senator Xenophon said one of the “great paradoxes” of the situation was that the wind turbine generators, which supply 40 per cent of the state’s power, did not work when the wind was blowing too hard. …

He said the state’s current energy arrangements were a “textbook case” of how not to transition to renewable energy. …

Yes, well, there you have it. Decades of bad policy and tonight there is more light in North Korea than South Australia.

UN Panel: U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Slavery

UN Panel: U.S. Owes Black People Reparations for History of Slavery, by Katherine Rodriguez.

A United Nations-affiliated group in Geneva is calling for the U.S. to give African Americans reparations for the country’s history of slavery …

The group of experts, made up of leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings about the link between the U.S.’s history of slavery and present injustices, such as the recent police shootings of African Americans to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday.

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” the report stated. “Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.”

The panel said that the police shootings of African Americans during the past year have caused a “human rights crisis” that is in urgent need of addressing and compared the recent shootings to the acts of lynchings by white supremacists in the late 1800s. …

The reparations, however, are unlikely to occur since the group’s recommendations are non-binding and unlikely to influence policy in the United States.

Only 7% of the African slaves shipped across the Atlantic went to the USA — the vast bulk went to South and central America. Where are their descendants today — how come there aren’t ten times as many black in central and South America as in the USA? Turns out under capitalism slaves were valuable property and looked after, while in the government run plantations of central and South America no one cared.

There was more taking of black slaves to Arabia than to North America, and the Arabs took vast numbers of white slaves too. Islam is going to owe an awful lot in reparations, and they still discriminate awfully against non-Muslims. And their headquarters in Mecca is in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, so there is lots o money to chase.

The reparations business could get tricky.

The English in particular and whites generally were the ones who ended the slave trade (almost — it lingers on in the Middle East). Don’t they deserve a discount?

Or is this yet another parasite’s ambit claim, based on an education in grievance studies and a selective account of history?

The science world is freaking out over this 25-year-old’s answer to antibiotic resistance. Could this be the end of superbugs?

The science world is freaking out over this 25-year-old’s answer to antibiotic resistance. Could this be the end of superbugs? By Fiona McDonald.

The new approach has so far only been tested in the lab and on mice, but it could offer a potential solution to antibiotic resistance, which is now getting so bad that the United Nations recently declared it a “fundamental threat” to global health.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria already kill around 700,000 people each year, but a recent study suggests that number could rise to around 10 million by 2050.

In addition to common hospital superbug, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), scientists are now also concerned that gonorrhoea is about to become resistant to all remaining drugs.

But Shu Lam, a 25-year-old PhD student at the University of Melbourne in Australia, has developed a star-shaped polymer that can kill six different superbug strains without antibiotics, simply by ripping apart their cell walls.

Before we get too carried away, it’s still very early days. So far, Lam has only tested her star-shaped polymers on six strains of drug-resistant bacteria in the lab, and on one superbug in live mice.

But in all experiments, they’ve been able to kill their targeted bacteria – and generation after generation don’t seem to develop resistance to the polymers.

The polymers … work by directly attacking, penetrating, and then destabilising the cell membrane of bacteria.

Unlike antibiotics, which ‘poison’ bacteria, and can also affect healthy cells in the area, the [polymers] that Lam has designed are so large that they don’t seem to affect healthy cells at all.

Migrants Are Racist to Blonde Women, Swedish Ethics Professor Says

Migrants Are Racist to Blonde Women, Swedish Ethics Professor Says, by Virginia Hale.

Professor of Ethics Ann Heberlein has argued that blonde people in Sweden are subjected to racist abuse and violence from “people with a non-European appearance”.

Ms. Heberlein, who appears regularly on Swedish Radio’s “Thoughts for the Day” and “Philosophical Room”, says blonde and Swedish victims of this racism choose to stay silent because “anti-racist” left wingers say that as a “privileged” group, ethnic Swedes have no right to complain.

The professor at Lund University describes the racist abuse hurled at white women in Sweden, with phrases like “Svenne (meaning ethnic Swede) whore” and “bloody racist whore” shouted at them by people with migrant backgrounds.

Ms. Heberlein notes that when Swedes answer back to these “unwelcome overtures”, they’re met with further “abusive epithets and sometimes physical violence”. …

Her personal example:

She addresses the issue of a recent incident in which she and her teenage daughter were standing waiting to cross a road when, from a passing car, a man stuck his head out of the sunroof to scream “f***ing blondes!” …

Ms. Heberlein recounted people’s reactions when she decided to post about the incident with the passing car on Facebook. … The discussion that ensued which reminded me of why I had previously chosen not to say anything when I have been exposed to degrading treatment because of my appearance, my ‘race’, if you will. ‘I get so tired [of this],’ ‘Is she for real?’, ‘Racist’ were some of the reactions.”

Reporting that her experience was “questioned and belittled” by seasoned “anti-racists”, Ms. Heberlein recounted that when she entered into the discussion she learned she should “keep quiet and stop whining”.

After arguing that all “all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political opinion” should have a right to respect and safety in public, Ms. Heberlein was told by these “anti-racists” it is impossible for her to be a victim of racism because, as a white woman, she is “privileged”. …

Ms. Heberlein concluded: “The incident at the crossing in Lund, I have shaken off a long time ago – but the macabre discussion that ensued on my anti-racist friend’s facebook page regarding the impossibility of a white woman being exposed to racism, I will not forget.” …

“Hate crimes” are in the eye of the PC bureaucracy:

Ms. Heberlein points to two horrific instances which people argue were hate crimes but notes they were not treated this way by the public prosecutor.

One of these is the beheading of a mother and murder of her son in IKEA, where the Eritrean perpetrator admitted choosing his victims because they “looked Swedish”. Ms. Heberlein also drew attention to a violent gang rape in Strängnäs, where the attackers taunted their victim, saying “I’m gonna f*** you, little Swedish girl”.

hat-tip Stephen Neil