3,357 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 28 Aug 2021”

  1. Mr. Rafael Epstein cuts off a phone call the instant he realises the caller is pointing out “we’re not all in this together, & especially so for the ABC”.
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    Another sawn off runt like Faine.
    Virtual power over real men through a button in a control booth.


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  2. Mind changing? Here’s a dude who really did change my mind at the depth of the GFC and he’s so right. He hated Trump with a passion which is only seen in academics (he’s one). But, that’s his bling spot. He great on macro-economics which is essentially monetary policy.

    He’s written another book.

    TheMoneyIllusion

    A slightly off-center perspective on monetary problems.

    Finally!

    My new book (entitled The Money Illusion) can now be ordered online. My intended audience for the book is mostly younger people that are studying macroeconomics. While I welcome older readers, for a couple of reasons many of them won’t be persuaded by my arguments:

    First, I don’t fit neatly into any of the tribes out there. Right-wingers won’t like the fact that I blame the Great Recession on tight money policies of the sort advocated by conservatives. Progressives won’t like the fact that I blame the Great Recession on government policy (the Fed), not the “inherent instability of capitalism”. They won’t like my dismissal of fiscal policy, or my claim that unemployment compensation boosts unemployment. I didn’t write this book to win friends.

    A second problem is that my views are pretty contrarian. I reject the conventional way of looking at monetary policy, which focuses on central bank control of interest rates. Instead, I argue that what really matters is central bank policies that influence the supply and demand for base money. I deny the existence of asset price bubbles.

    So I’m looking to convince people who haven’t yet adopted a tribe, who still have an open mind about how the world works. Those are often younger people.

    George Selgin wrote a nice review of the book for Barron’s. At one point he noted that I hadn’t given much attention to the case for NGDP targeting:

    The Money Illusion is more than a restatement of the tenets of Market Monetarism because it also looks at sundry other monetary economics topics, albeit always from Sumner’s distinct point of view, and because it includes Sumner’s account of his own intellectual journey. But by pursuing these other agendas, it sacrifices the advantage of a narrower scope, and correspondingly sharper focus. The case for NGDP targeting is among the casualties of this approach: Arguments for it may be the warp of the book. But too often they disappear behind its weft.

    While I do make a forceful case for NGDP targeting, that’s certainly not the main focus of the book, and not the focus of what I’ve been doing for the past 13 years. So what has been my focus? On policy questions I’ve emphasized three points:

    1. Level targeting of a nominal aggregate. Commit to return to the previous trend line after a nominal shock.

    2. Target the market forecast. Set policy at a position where the market expects success.

    3. A “whatever it takes” monetary policy. The central bank should do as much as necessary to hit its target, and should not rely on fiscal stimulus. Failure is not an acceptable outcome.

    To me, these are the core ideas of market monetarism.

    Another theme of my blogging has been “never reason from a price change”. Interest rates do not tell us anything about the stance of monetary policy. This is also a monetarist idea.

    Obviously there’s much more in the book. I tried to write the sort of book that I would have enjoyed reading at age 20. I hope you enjoy it and I welcome your feedback.

    PS. Over at Econlog I have some additional thoughts on the book.

    PPS. I originally intended to write the book using the breezy informal style of my blog posts, but was strongly dissuaded by reviewers. (I kept one page of that style as an example for readers that never saw my blogging.) Chapter 1 was originally entitled “The Autistic Economist”—you can image how that went over in this woke era! On a serious note, I do thank a number of reviewers for making the book better, for preventing me from repeatedly embarrassing myself.

    PPPS. I have a Mercatus working paper coming out this fall that presents economists like Paul Krugman and Ben Bernanke in a more favorable light than this book. There’s no direct contradiction, just a focus on the positive contributions in my new working paper.

    Ignore what he’s said about Krugman. Even though Krugman has become a limp dicked political pundit, he was once a pretty decent economist.

    I believe “MoneyIllusion” was the main influence moving monetary policy in the US and elsewhere towards his thinking.


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  3. Is it just me or do all the politicians on the news have a crazed look about them? Particularly the NSW politicians of both parties.

    Once more, if it’s such a crisis why are none of them wearing masks? This includes reporters all of whom are outdoors where the rest of us must have masks or be arrested.


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  4. we were told he was actually seeing a girl

    Joke told by a no-legged motivational speaker a few years ago:
    His wife (able bodied) married him because she wanted a bloke whose todger reached to the ground.


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  5. The Hun:

    ‘Nadia Barrel may have breached Covid lockdown rules after a video of her snorting a white powder in front of friends emerged.’

    1. It’s Coppolino. Nadia Coppolino.
    2. Apparently a lockdown breach is more important than vacuuming coke through her trommed-down schnoz.
    3. The excuse, delivered via social media will be ‘but Jimmy didn’t give enough cash to me’.
    4. Now I know her price.


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  6. TaliDan full feral.
    Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews says the state will move from lockdowns to lockouts of the unvaccinated, as people will find they will be shut out from public venues and events such as sport, restaurants, travel, cinemas and shows.

    Vaccinated or unvaccinated, nobody would sit with the prick or buy him a beer.


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  7. Agree but it will take a while…because governments will prop them up financially. They’ve already done this in Canada.

    Canada is fascist then. Government sanctioned businesses are a cornerstone of fascism, and government controlled media, directly or by influence by funding is another one. Two cornerstones of fascism in a single act of bastardry.


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  8. Do business people really want a state government to take full control of their trade and custom?
    This has got to breach some law somewhere.
    Brokeback reckons he can set up a pilot medical apartheid scheme in some regional towns.
    I wouldn’t like to be the turd who tries it to please Dan.


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  9. Cassie of Sydney says:
    September 3, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Oh and further to the pervert above…being California he’s unlikely to be convicted but if he does go to prison…wanna bet he’ll be sent to a women’s only prison?

    Funny you should mention that Cassie.

    Californian Women’s Prisons Dealing With ‘Wave of Pregnancies’

    This, of course, would be the result of state laws that let biological male inmates transfer to women’s prisons, provided these men identify as transgender. The law, SB132, took effect in January. Since then, 261 men have asked to be moved to the women’s facilities.

    Yeah, nobody could have seen that coming.


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  10. Watch this space for the carefully placed briefings pre-empting a cautious opening “dependent on Federal vaccination rates”.

    Yes and he’s quietly moved the 2nd AZ jab down to 6 weeks from 12 , so as to make the 2nd jab hurdle arrive quicker. Combine this with his toned down rhetoric about giving up on zero covid and it’s clear the worm has turned.


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  11. or my claim that unemployment compensation boosts unemployment.

    An important point to make at this time for the young, who are being seduced with easy money without realising the risk to themselves it poses. A lot of grown ups are selling them snake oil. The kids will need to be way smarter than their professors, the experts, and media have prepared them for.

    I did snicker at the superficial literal paradox of selling ‘The Money Illusion’ online where it is only ever a swirl of electrons and bits.


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  12. ScoMo smiling when he tells the unvaccinated, unproven to have Covid, that they will be denied access to businesses.
    How does this man call himself a Christian?
    Where are the ministers of religion to tell him the nasty behaviour he is promoting?


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  13. “How does this man call himself a Christian?”

    He’s a despicable, disgraceful grub. He doesn’t have a single liberal/libertarian/conservative bone in this body and he’s leading the Liberals to a defeat of biblical proportions.


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  14. I also understand that church leaders in the UK have told Johnson and vo that they will not be turning away the unvaxxed when the whole “passport” no jab no entry to public places was put forward.


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  15. What I find most amusing about that report decrying pregnancies in California women’s prisons is that it was written by the hard-left ‘Women’s Liberation Front’ or WoLF.

    Funny, they were all for SB132 when it was enacted, being good marxists and true to the party line.

    (Insert crack about being hoisted on one’s own petard here)


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  16. I also understand that church leaders in the UK have told Johnson and vo that they will not be turning away the unvaxxed when the whole “passport” no jab no entry to public places was put forward.

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, vaxxed nor unvaxxed; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Galatians 3:28 (New Amplified Version; © 2021).


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  17. The reason he was in the community is because within the law we could not put him anywhere else. His past behaviour was, within the threshold of the law, not enough to put him in prison.

    If mister stabby was a garage nasty, Jacinta would’ve found a way.


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  18. Cassie of Sydney says:
    September 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Ahahaha!

    Another strike and down I go into the abyss!

    Yes, Roger. It’s perfectly clear. There are some things more important than obeying a heedless PM.


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  19. Mater.
    I have come to the opinion that our PM and premiers are all extremely odd people.
    Would the average person ever seek their company or call them a friend?
    They are bubble people and have not shared the common experiences or wisdom of common folk.
    That makes them dangerous to liberty, and they’ve proved it.


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  20. How does this man call himself a Christian?

    He may just be one of those awful shallow types who has a checklist of what a Christian does (go to services, no cheating on the wife, don’t swear etc) but without the sense of the spirit. Without grace.

    He may well give money to charities for druggies (tick) but step around the crumpled, bone-thin, bone-grey remnant of a person groaning in a doorway on his way to grab a morning cappuccino without thinking for a moment of pausing to ask them how it happened.

    Proud (to the extent that his checklist will allow) that he is a good man, looking upwards and smiling more to a colleague than to God, blissfully unaware of the grime and desperate suffering about his feet.


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  21. Yes they are dangerous and it’s obvious that ‘democracy’ is totally broken. Has been for a long time but all the malignancies from this are getting more and more overwhelming.


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  22. Is this Irving Fisher your talking about, JC?

    No. I’m talking about Scott Sumner – an academic economist who is now retired. Back in the GFC, he explained to the world what we were doing wrong.

    I think his politics are screwed up as he’s mentally unwell when the subject turns to Trump, but on macro economics he is, in my view, the best that’s come along.


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  23. Cassie of Sydney says:
    September 3, 2021 at 4:45 pm
    “How does this man call himself a Christian?”

    He’s a despicable, disgraceful grub. He doesn’t have a single liberal/libertarian/conservative bone in this body and he’s leading the Liberals to a defeat of biblical proportions.

    One, Hillsong is not a church, it is a theatrical organisation.

    Second, the defeat will have to be of biblical proportions to bring some Liberals to their senses or just get rid of them as a party to make room for a new one that will actually represent their voters.


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  24. Is there a name or faith yet, for the Lone Wolf who got all stabby with housewives in an Auckland supermarket?


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  25. Yes they are dangerous and it’s obvious that ‘democracy’ is totally broken. Has been for a long time but all the malignancies from this are getting more and more overwhelming.

    Too many ppl happy to be looked after.

    Too many women and effeminate males in positions of authority.

    It’s getting irritating.


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  26. Ms Ardern described the man as a “violent extremist” and supporter of ISIS who became known to police in 2016.
    “What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong,” Ms Ardern said, adding it was not representative of any faith or community.

    “What does the I stand for in ISIS, PM?” asked not one journalist, ever.


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  27. Second, the defeat will have to be of biblical proportions to bring some Liberals to their senses or just get rid of them as a party to make room for a new one that will actually represent their voters.

    I think the lieboral party is a lost cause. It is totally infested with and under the control of wishy washies and trumble style grifters.


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  28. I wouldn’t be too concerned about electoral loss of Biblical proportions – a state of emergency can see elections deferred indefinitely or done on-line (like Census) where I’m sure the incumbent Party would receive more than enough votes to romp in.

    They’ve wiped their arses with the Constitution (always was a politicians’ constitution anyway) andthey have the guns.


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  29. I’m struggling with how much it will have cost NZ to have a squad of armed plod following this thing’s every move for the past years.


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  30. I think the lieboral party is a lost cause.

    The Liberal Party is Craig Kelly.
    As said in The Australian today by Henry Ergas, Craig Kelly is a tide marker, that shows how far the modern liberal party has slipped from where it used to be.

    No wonder Slomo & co loathe Kelly.


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  31. Proud (to the extent that his checklist will allow) that he is a good man, looking upwards and smiling more to a colleague than to God, blissfully unaware of the grime and desperate suffering about his feet.

    A Pharisee?


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  32. ” adding it was not representative of any faith or community.”

    LOL. As I wrote earlier….the stabbing will just go into the forgettery. Who remembers Maurice and Zoe Antill? Remember how quickly that was filed into the forgettery? An elderly couple who had their throats slashed by a rodent adherent of the scummy religion of pieces.


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  33. Drills

    I’m just a little curious here. On the old blog you mentioned a few times that if caught out with a terminal illness, one of your actions , immediately after hearing such very, very sad news, would be to arm-up, load-up. then head to the bank and take out the bank staff for not lending money.

    Here though, you appear to be very agitated over the loon stabbing people in the NZ supermarket.

    Can you explain how his action and your promised one are so qualitatively different that they cannot be compared?
    I’m confused here. I’m guessing that you have a problem with religious based murders whereas as if it’s to do with money (in this case loans) it’s much different and therefore justified. Am I on the right track here? Thanks.


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  34. ScoMo on his vaccine swap with the UK

    “From Downing Street to Down Under, we’re doubling down”

    We’ve got a special needs PM.
    Not the full two Bob.


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  35. Crossie

    It’s a little early in the piece to be counting him out. We’re opening by December people won; be so upset after. It’s how I think it may go.

    All the small business operators who have and will go bankrupt are not likely to forget or forgive, nor will their families and friends.

    Then think of all the poor people who couldn’t get to see their doctors and now have far worse medical problems than COVID.

    Then all those parents who have been driven up the wall by having to work at home and homeschool their kids.

    Then all those people who couldn’t go to funerals of loved ones and friends, see then in hospital or provide comfort in their dying days.

    Then all those grandparents who were deprived of their grandchildren, missed out on special moments and milestones even if they were only in the next street.

    Shall I continue?


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  36. I’m struggling with how much it will have cost NZ to have a squad of armed plod following this thing’s every move for the past years.

    Three shifts a day, every day, for five years.

    And he’s not the only one.

    Just last month Ardern’s government rejected a $50 per week benefit increase for families on welfare.

    That’s their prerogative, to be sure, but Ardern came to office campaigning that NZ children were starving “in their hundreds of thousands” under John Key.


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  37. The Liberal Party is Craig Kelly.

    No joke, but isn’t Craig Kelly doing ads for the UAP at the moment. Man, Craigie is not a good looking dude. Ugly schnauzer comes to mind.


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  38. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closure says:
    September 3, 2021 at 6:02 pm
    I think the lieboral party is a lost cause.
    The Liberal Party is Craig Kelly.
    As said in The Australian today by Henry Ergas, Craig Kelly is a tide marker, that shows how far the modern liberal party has slipped from where it used to be.

    No wonder Slomo & co loathe Kelly.

    For forty years I voted only Liberal and along comes Turnbull and ScoMo and no more.


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  39. Crossie

    Why is that any of the Federal Liberal Party’s (direct) fault?

    Don’t get me wrong as this is quite possible especially in the fucked in the head state of Victoria.

    People could vote in droves against the Feds because of the lockdown while people vote in droves for the Hunchback because of the lockdowns and “keeping us safe”.

    Do you think, I’m catching the mood here? 🙂


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  40. DrBeauGan:
    Too many ppl happy to be looked after.

    The long march of Civilisation in human affairs is a steady easing of the burden of making a living. Each generation makes it easier for the following generation to exist. So the agricultural revolution resulted in fewer people needing to work to achieve the same or better results in harvest as an example.

    If this premise is taken to be true, why then the disapproval of people justly taking advantage of the advance of civilisation to not work and be “looked after”.

    Further, the Western “Capitalist” system encourages winner takes all behaviour. This means that some actively seek to disadvantage others. This results in any life failure being a failure for life. Loss of “assets” for the vast majority of people is irreversible.

    The “Democratic” governance system is at last seen for what it is. A corrupt winner takes all system where rich persons can buy politicians and politicians have no respect or duty to their electorate.

    There is no honour here.
    There is no respect here.
    There is no security here.

    There is only endless corruption and lawlessness.


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  41. JC – They all say we’re opening up by December.

    But on the arc we’re going by December we’ll be having 10,000 positive tests a day and the deaths will be at least double figures, possibly triple figures. All those elderly which the flu hasn’t been carrying off for over a year are still ready to be carried off, vaccination or no vaccination.

    The Western Sydney problem is out of control because the locals are ignoring and actually evading the quarantine restrictions. Gladys can’t stop that from happening without bringing in the ADF and basically starting a war.

    So I do rather doubt we’ll be opening up any time soon. The pollies’ have dug their hole ‘way too deeply for that. Maybe they’ll try, but the pressure on them to Do Something will become immense, and we all know what they will default to doing in such a circumstance.


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  42. “No joke, but isn’t Craig Kelly doing ads for the UAP at the moment. Man, Craigie is not a good looking dude. Ugly schnauzer comes to mind.”

    I’ve met Craig numerous times. He a very nice man, ebullient, polite, sense of humour, middle Australia…which is why he made his seat of Hughes (which borders Scummo’s seat of Cook) a safe Liberal seat. Craig represents everything the Liberal party once stood for…Menzies’ values…small business, free speech, liberty, individual responsibility, aspiration. The party no longer represents any of that. What Scumbag Morrison did to Kelly in February of this year was shameful. He sided with Labor against one of his own. Kelly is a backbencher and the Liberal party has a long history of mavericks…but no, that despicable Morrison chose to side with Labor to censure and silence Kelly….the left have loathed Kelly for years because of his stance on “climate change” and now Covid.


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  43. great to see Augusto posting here

    Definitely.

    And now for a piece of, let me see now, what is it? Ah, yes ‘style over substance’.

    Our travertine stone tiling on our verandahs and enclosures has been cut, laid, grouted and now sealed with something that smells noxious but works a treat. Shiny now and it brings out the coloration variability in the stone, lending a slightly medieval feel to it. Wonderful. So there is a great sense of style, and given that it’s quite a hefty stone, quite a lot of substance too, truth be told.

    We halted work during the period of two neighbours kids’ trial HSC exams done at home.
    I am well up on the timetables of this year’s Year 11 and Year 12 subjects and testings.
    Poor kids have enough to put up with during lockdown and don’t need added noise as well.


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  44. Doc, here:

    Not on Kindle. There’s a pathetic book called The Money Illusion by another bloke, and there’s a book by Sumner with Midas in the title. But he’s either wrong or not on Amazon.


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  45. but the pressure on them to Do Something will become immense, and we all know what they will default to doing in such a circumstance.

    They could try protecting the elderly instead. What a novel idea. Extra contactless support services to those elderly people at home who don’t want to go out to places of exposure. Well worth a bit of money spent on those in place of horrendously expensive and draining lockdowns.


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  46. I’m struggling with how much it will have cost NZ to have a squad of armed plod following this thing’s every move for the past years.

    That occured to me too.
    Let’s say it is a crew of two watching him.
    Hours required 365 x 24 x 2 heads = 17,520 hours.
    Given a standard working year of 1650 hours per person after leave, training, yada yada, that requires 11 FTEs.


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  47. So I do rather doubt we’ll be opening up any time soon.

    Mss. Palaszczuk & Young agree with you, Bruce.

    On the other side of the ledger, it seems to me that Andrews is taking a rather sadistic delight in threatening the unvaxxed with loss of freedoms.

    Politics attracts the weirdest of people.

    That’ll be our downfall.


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  48. Horseface:

    What happened today was despicable, it was hateful it was wrong,” Ms Ardern said in a news conference. “It was carried out by an individual, not a faith.”

    She added that she was “absolutely gutted” to hear about the attack.

    There is no ISIS, Al-qaeda or any other terrorist group, there is only islam. Ardern is a traitor and/or a fool, typical of our ‘leaders’; what a pity she wasn’t literally gutted like the 6 other poor bastards who will be comfited by horseface’s assertion that is was just a nut and not a faith who rearranged their intestines.


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  49. it seems to me that Andrews is taking a rather sadistic delight in threatening the unvaxxed with loss of freedoms.

    It tells you what a nasty shit he is. A thorough-going politician, with a firm conviction that he has the right to tell everyone what to do. And who really enjoys doing it.


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  50. Last week, it emerged that the Federal Department of Health had rewritten a guide to COVID-19 vaccinations for pregnant women by deleting the word “women” and replacing it with “people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy”.

    This was another clear example of how this woke, anti-women ideology has infiltrated Australia’s public service.

    Today, success! The guide has been re-issued and once again refers to women and mothers, as it should.

    I wish they left the guide as it was. I could seek vaccine exemption as a “person planning pregnancy.”

    The fact that I’m (a) Old, and (b) a bloke wouldn’t matter, I can identify as anything I want.


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  51. Mss. Palaszczuk & Young agree with you, Bruce.

    Wince…

    Politics attracts the weirdest of people.

    Not me, I’ve learnt my limitations. Birds and animals and science I can do, not people.
    Now back to my novel, taking refuge in fiction appeals to me right now.
    Reality is increasingly distasteful.


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  52. If this premise is taken to be true, why then the disapproval of people justly taking advantage of the advance of civilisation to not work and be “looked after”.

    I grant your premise; we are the heirs to the hard work of our ancestors and it has made us wealthy beyond comprehension. But that has nothing to do with wanting to be looked after. It might have led to a flourishing of arts and science as people revelled in their affluence, to a free and independent spirit. We’ve got the opposite.

    Capitalism isn’t a theory of economics. It’s nothing more than government letting people trade with minimal restrictions. Moralising about it is the infallible mark of the undeveloped mind.


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  53. What a smug woman.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/welcome-to-my-nightmare-one-gp-s-adventures-with-anti-vaxxers-and-their-infodemic-20210902-p58o2g.html

    So she intentionally brings up the dumbest arguments against vaccination and then expects other educated people who don’t agree with her to just shut up?

    Despicable.

    How does she explain away any of the insane nonsense Fauci has spouted such as wearing multiple face masks or booster shots every five months after shots 1 & 2; let alone degrading crap like anal swabbing in China?

    It is perfectly reasonable to demand a traditional attenuated virus vaccine.


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  54. Andrews openly talked about mandatory vaccinations for people who won’t voluntarily get the jab.
    This precious toddler is throwing a tantrum because his lockdown has failed and he didn’t get to boast it in front of ScoMo and Gladys, so now he’s taking his anger out on citizens.
    No football
    No Pub
    No Clubs
    No restaurant
    A psychological assessment to be made of TaliDan.


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  55. Scott Morrison @ScottMorrisonMP
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    Australia is now only 2 million first doses away from achieving the 70% first dose vaccination coverage. Every vaccination brings us closer to the freedoms we enjoy.

    So let’s get this done by getting your jab today!

    Dr Zelenko in his interview with Craig Kelly got Morrison exactly right when he called him a prostitute who had sold out the country he had been elected to protect.


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  56. My refuge is history and theology.

    Them too Roger. Currently been reading Hosea. Hos. 6:2 is one of my favorites. Also have a bookmark in the first vol of the account of the AIF fighting against the Japanese, but that is a bit too real and painful for me to want to get back into just yet.


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  57. *Every vaccination brings us closer to the freedoms we enjoy.*

    Stage managed crap designed to make it look like you had a plan all along, didn’t make it up as you went along and didn’t panic on the most inaccurate and incompetent of forecasts.


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  58. Also have a bookmark in the first vol of the account of the AIF fighting against the Japanese, but that is a bit too real and painful for me to want to get back into just yet.

    Yes, there are no doubt good reasons why my grandfather would never talk about that.

    I’ve since pieced together some of the history from his service record.

    The greatest generation.


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  59. “I’m not comfortable with any deaths that are preventable. So that’s why I want every single Queenslander who can be vaccinated to get vaccinated because that is the best protection, and that’s why I’ve spent the last 19 months doing everything I can.”

    This is a massive lie. If she were really interested in saving lives she would be advocating every cure, not simply advocating experimental vaccines with serious side effects.


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  60. *Every vaccination brings us closer to the freedoms we enjoy.*

    Stage managed crap designed to make it look like you had a plan all along, didn’t make it up as you went along and didn’t panic on the most inaccurate and incompetent of forecasts.

    It’s actually much worse than that because, if they get their way, we will never be free again. It will always be just as much as they permit at the time. That is not freedom.

    A vaccine passport system means that we will forever be bound to do what we’re told simply to retain access to the most basic things in life.


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  61. A vaccine passport system means that we will forever be bound to do what we’re told simply to retain access to the most basic things in life.

    A bureaucrat’s wet dream.


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  62. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Border Closuresays:
    September 3, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    I’m struggling with how much it will have cost NZ to have a squad of armed plod following this thing’s every move for the past years.

    Not quite every move. The watchers seem to have been having a day off today.


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  63. Rogersays:
    September 3, 2021 at 7:56 pm
    Also have a bookmark in the first vol of the account of the AIF fighting against the Japanese, but that is a bit too real and painful for me to want to get back into just yet.

    Yes, there are no doubt good reasons why my grandfather would never talk about that.

    I’ve since pieced together some of the history from his service record.

    The greatest generation.

    Check if the War Diaries of his unit are on-line at the AWM website. They cover (in varying detail) the day to day activities of each unit. They have been digitising them for some years now, starting with combat arms units. I’m not cure how far they have got, but you might be lucky.


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  64. Not quite every move. The watchers seem to have been having a day off today.

    Ah, no, BJ.
    They were there and popped him off within a minute or two.
    Which actually proves the point that even tight surveillance is no prevention.


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  65. MT – Of course. I’ve at least two, maybe three I forget, patents to my name which centre on the use of gypsum. But gypsum isn’t pretty. Alabaster is pretty.


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  66. Sancho Panzer

    Ah, no, BJ.
    They were there and popped him off within a minute or two.
    Which actually proves the point that even tight surveillance is no prevention.

    Thanks. I wonder what Horse face will do next?


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  67. Tom Elliott again frothing at the mouth about vaccine passports. He loves them. He can’t understand unions being suspicious about compulsory vaccinations. Of course, he is ‘personally’ opposed to them but if the rest of the world is instituting and if ‘freedom’ requires them then so be it.


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