The 9pm Ladybird Baby Formula Alligator Doom Watch

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Sydney is falling apart thanks to a major threat to our national security. But it’s not just Sydney under threat, and not even just Australia.

In this episode, Boris Johnson, alligators, the Chinese navy, paranoia, the metric system, a confused criminal, and two Americans who survived a frightening encounter.

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  • Three Chinese warships have arrived in Sydney Harbour this morning, docking at the Garden Island Navy base for a 4-day stopover.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s offhand assurance it was not a surprise and no more than a “reciprocal visit” didn’t do much to quell the questions about why the public was left in the dark.
  • When the Australian navy make port visits, the intent is to promote goodwill: ships are open for inspection and visitors are hosted by smiling sailors. By contrast, and as the Australian recorded, the PLA vessels were guarded by heavily armed crew looking more like special forces soldiers on an operation. The ships were off limits to all but the most trusted local backers, with the usual blackout applied to Australian media.
  • Personnel from Chinese warships visiting Sydney Harbour have been photographed loading dozens of boxes of baby formula.
  • The scandal involved milk and infant formula along with other food materials and components being adulterated with melamine. Of an estimated 300,000 victims in China, six babies died from kidney stones and other kidney damage and an estimated 54,000 babies were hospitalized.
  • "The broader politico-strategic environment in which we as a country live is going to be fundamentally determined over the next several decades by the US-China relationship. I think that is the biggest challenge we face."
  • Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist with NWS San Diego, said from the radar, the ladybug bloom appears to be about 80 miles by 80 miles, but the ladybugs aren’t in a concentrated mass that size. Rather, they’re spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the most concentrated mass about 10 miles wide.
  • Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist with NWS San Diego, said from the radar, the ladybug bloom appears to be about 80 miles by 80 miles, but the ladybugs aren’t in a concentrated mass that size. Rather, they’re spread throughout the sky, flying at between 5,000 and 9,000 feet, with the most concentrated mass about 10 miles wide.
  • A hungry alligator crashed a picnic date by a Florida lake and gobbled down an entire bowl of guacamole.
  • Salim Mehajer (born 12 June 1986) is an Australian convicted criminal, property developer and former councillor of Auburn City Council. In March 2018 Mehajer was declared bankrupt and in April 2018 was found guilty of electoral fraud, and sentenced to 21 months in prison, with a non-parole period of 11 months.
  • Former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer will spend at least 11 months in jail for rigging the 2012 local NSW government election — the election that rocketed him into the public eye.
  • Mehajer took the stand today, admitting to sending the emails and "unintentionally" breaching his bail, saying he was confused because he had "two sets of conditions," and that he didn't read the document that he signed in Cooma jail properly.
  • Tucker Carlson has set a new record for dumbest ever segment on Fox News.
  • Boris Johnson described gay people as "bumboys", compared equal marriage to three men marrying a dog, discussed beating up a journalist with a criminal, called black people "piccaninnies" with "watermelon smiles", and was sacked twice for dishonesty. Where is the scrutiny?
  • Reporting of navy mass buying baby milk under fire, as media says there’s nothing else in Australia to buy.

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