The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 24th October 2018

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... chucking clean black gold makes no sense, except to Green people

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.


I was almost six when I sat at the bed of my Grandfather in Footscray, Melbourne, as I often did. The acrid smoke from steam engines was thick in the air and my Grandad was dying. He was part of a long line of coal miners in my family and had made the tortuous six-month trip from Cornwall UK, to Wonthaggi Vic, in a sailing ship.

                                                                 Log Cabin then

I was rolling smokes for him from a round orange tin of aromatic Log Cabin tobacco that needed to be rubbed before rolling in rice paper when, without notice, he took a short breath, then one long breath, then a slight hesitation, before exhaling his life away. 

My Grandma closed his eyes, no-one cried, his death was expected as his lungs were clogged with coal dust.

I had never seen anyone die before but I was more concerned about the five neatly rolled smokes I had lined up on the frayed blanket for him. I thought that at least he could have smoked them before he died and he really should have said goodbye or muttered something to me!

                                                               Footscray then

                                                                   Cornwall then

                                                                  Wonthaggi now

I loved Granddad as he was like my Dad who had the same gnarled hands from hard work in the coal mines that developed Europe, rebuilt England and gave electricity to a third world.

Little did I know that a mere 70 years later this black, million year-old compacted compost would be demonised by Green people infatuated with subsidising the short and tenuous lives of inefficient windmills and solar panels.

Coal didn’t need subsidising, it was already there and only a few thousand lives of miners were the cost of extraction. My Grandfather once spoke proudly, in a broad West Country dialect, of the quality of Australian coal, and I’m sure he moved in his grave at the premature closure of mines he gave his life to help keep productive.

Exporting Australia's unique clean coal will prevent China, India and the rest of the third world buying dirty South American coal. Now surely in the ethereal Green world that would slow the real world from dangerously overheating? 

But it’s all about “renewable” energy now, the Green people tell us... something to do with polar bears turning up in Hawaii on ice bergs looking for seals. My Grandad would have been 155 years old now and he would have told these short-sighted Green people that coal too is a renewable energy only have to wait around for another million or so years and it's all there again.

... but Green people seem to want everything today.


I believe in the Highest Law, Dusty. The law of Nature. As said, maybe by Taylor Swift, "The Highest Law is Nature, and the Greatest Wisdom forever Lives in it's Eternal Fascism".

Why don't you tell us why they should "Stoney"?

Thorn, replicating storm conditions in a lab probably wouldn't be practical - you'd have Bunsen Burners and test tubes flying all over the place.

You've got it BK (lol)... luv it!

Clear now, thanks Roo.

Disgraced former federal MP Craig Thomson is running a migrant worker placement business from his home base on the NSW central coast, offering incentives which appear to exploit loopholes in laws designed to crack down on the abuse of visa schemes in regional Australia.
Mr Thomson - who last year said he was too broke to repay his former union hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes it for credit card abuse - is offering cafes and restaurants near his home several thousand dollars to take workers on temporary 457 visas or via the more permanent Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
Mr Thomson refused to tell Fairfax Media where he was getting the money to pay employers. But his business appears to be operating in a "grey zone" , according to some experts, because of recent bans on the payment of inducements in relation to migrant worker sponsorship.
The RSMS is designed to help regional employers hire migrant labour for specialised jobs when they can't find qualified employees locally. When a business has successfully a sponsored a migrant under the scheme, that worker can apply for a class 187 visa, valuable because it offers permanent residency with the ability to bring in family members. It is thus more highly sought after than 457 temporary worker visas.

You were the first to interchange names BigKhunt, as with Black Dog. Are you having a side swipe at Churchill? Disgusting silly little twerp. How's the cuppas going at the CWA? Ladies loving it all BK? They worship you don't they, except you cannot relate to them because of your entrenched masturbation? (edited for DH above)

I see BigKhunt is still no where to be seen backing these high costs.......

What's that, the CWA ladies masturbate?


Is it a rabbit proof fence that will be built around the rabbit warren on Capital Hill?

UK ‘did not send a gram of flour’ to Aleppo: Moscow refutes criticism over aid for Syria

“It seems that the UK government has lost an objective view of what is happening in Syria, including Aleppo, due to Russophobia,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday, noting that the UK has not sent “a single gram of flour, any medicine or blankets to help” civilians in Aleppo during the whole Syrian conflict.

Pulling The Plug –

What happens if an electoral college voter switches their vote on Dec. 19?
There is a distinct possibility that at least one Electoral College member will switch votes on December 19. So what happens to an elector when a person doesn't vote for their pledged candidate and to the election in general?
On Thursday, two electors indicated in an op-ed on the political website The Hill that they could opt to vote for a presidential candidate during the December 19 Electoral College meetings other than the candidate they are pledged to vote for.
Polly Baca from Colorado and Levi Guerra from Washington state are electors, Democrats and pledged to vote for Hillary Clinton after the former Secretary of State won those two states on November 8 in the general election. "Though we come from different generations, as a retired elected official and the youngest 2016 Elector, we agree with millions of Americans that Donald Trump is unfit to be president," they wrote.
Baca and Guerra may switch their Electoral College votes to a candidate other than Trump (and seemingly Clinton) if such a candidate emerges, or they may not vote at all. "Electors of good conscience should exercise their Constitutional right to elect the best person for the job of President or simply abstain from voting for either of the major party candidates," they said.
Guerra, who is 19 years old, explained her decision at a Wednesday press conference. "I'm only 19 and this is my first time being involved in politics, but I hope that my willingness to put my country before my party will show that my generation cares about all Americans," Guerra said.
There could be as many as seven Democrats in Colorado and Washington state, who call themselves the Hamilton Electors, who will cast protest Electoral College votes for a candidate not named Trump or Clinton on December 19.
The group cites Alexander Hamilton as its inspiration and in particular, his writings in Federalist 68, where the Founding Father said that "the Electoral College affords a moral certainty, that the office of the President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications."
Electoral College members who don't vote for their pledged candidate are popularly known as "faithless electors" or on occasion, they are called "unfaithful electors." Neither term is complimentary; in fact, 29 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books that punish Electoral College members who don't vote for their pledged candidates.
There is no requirement under the Constitution for Electoral College members to remain "faithful."
Read on –

Jeff of FNQ, Re your post and others this morning, made me think of an interesting concept, did Germany’s gas prices go up or down during the Second World War?

As the international movement of shipping containers is called a true indication of world economic conditions, could Germany’s gas prices be used to indicate the level of truth behind the holocaust?

O/T...The Stick Insect getting tough with diplomats on overseas postings.Pitty she didn't put a stop to the bloody foreign aide while she is at it.....

New year Prediction. Walking Eagle ( really stumbling eagle ) CFMEULABOR will implode. The conflic between those with" labor values " and " criminal union values " will fight to the death.

Chicken Little.

BREAKING NEWS ...US Greens suspend recount effort in Pennsylvania.

Not me THORN? Is it something I said?