Open Thread – Weekend 18 Dec 2021


The Ambassadors, Hans Holbein the Younger, 1533

1,007 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 18 Dec 2021”

  1. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For Custard, jupes, the Beaugy, the Bear, ZK2A, Wallee Dali and various others – no, the Western third of this continent is not going to suddenly become some mythical new bland.

    You’re stuck with us and we’re stuck with you.

    Again. 😕

  2. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I say…those two cool chaps at the top of the page – how long are they going to ignore the bloody great elongated skull on the floor before them?

  3. twostix Avatar
    twostix

    Someone ask Gray Karen Connolly when was the last time he said “herd immunity”. Sometime late last year I would think. Just after the establishment banned the concept because their preventative treatment regime posing as a ‘vaccine’ can definitionally never, ever, create it.

    And I bet he doesn’t even know he’s dropped it and never thought about it again. Yet last year it was all “herd immunity, 70%, vaccines, mRNA super wonder drug – two jabs and it’s all over!”.

    It’s funny watching controlled opposition rushing around trying to stay within the ever changing bounds of polite society – as defined daily for them by the radical revolutionaries who are in power.

  4. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    WA peoples, objectifying young women (again) … 🙂

  5. calli Avatar
    calli

    You have asked the same question as Holbein.

    Look behind the curtain and you will find the answer.

  6. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Look behind the curtain and you will find the answer.

    Yes… I can see it, but can they?

  7. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Looks like a folio with documents in it Roger.

  8. calli Avatar
    calli

    Roger, the “skull” also presents as a mirror. The angle suggests that all they have to do is see that and they see the answer.

    It’s a rather marvellous conceit. I like it very much.

  9. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Looks like a folio with documents in it Roger.

    Take it from me, Grey, it’s a skull.

    When it’s viewed from a certain angle it’s clear.

  10. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Look behind the curtain and you will find the answer.

    OK. If it’s not some aesthetically pleasing young women, I don’t give a rodent’s backside.

    Six months in schlockdown, trying not to go stark staring bonkers, angrily denouncing your friends, family and work colleagues will do that to you.

    All to try and prove a point – and I still don’t know what it is.

  11. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Oh – hang on, this timely li’l ditty has provided me with an answer – uglee, as it is.

  12. calli Avatar
    calli

    When it’s viewed from a certain angle it’s clear.

    And fleeting. It was positioned by a doorway. As you walked through the door, you caught a glimpse. All over in half a footstep.

    Did I really see what I thought I saw? And that little frisson of doubt enters a materialistic, luxurious and privileged world, clad in lace and velvet and very, very pleased with itself.

    The young men pictured were 29 and 25 respectively, at the height of their strength and confidence.

  13. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    It’s a rather marvellous conceit. I like it very much.

    Yea, Hansie was certainly a talented fellow and this is his masterpiece.

  14. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    And fleeting. It was positioned by a doorway.

    More likely by a stairwell.

  15. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    A memento mori & a sublime artistic feat.

    Quite something to behold.

  16. calli Avatar
    calli

    More likely by a stairwell.

    Could be. The angle to see the illusion is quite high and they were all little shorties.

  17. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For those young men*, pictured as they are, in some of the preposterous garments in human history – desperately hoping that their beloved taut li’l goils will cut through, with a machete, some historical mediocrity.

    No one expects the Romanian Revolution.

    *Arks and Pol Dot?

  18. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    And Rabz, check out ther break angle on the nut of the lute!

  19. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Bloody gremlins. Again …

  20. calli Avatar
    calli

    Henry VIII was 6’2”.

    Maybe it was for him!

  21. Fat Tony Avatar
    Fat Tony

    calli says:
    December 19, 2021 at 6:16 pm
    Fear not, Frank!
    The Climate Cocktails are the next drinks lined up on the bar, ready to kick in s9me time next year.

    That’s what the “vaccine” passports are for, along with the complete digitisation of money – and the Emergency Legislation in place.

    People will have no say – all purchases will be authorised by our CCP governments through our (their) digital vaccine passport.
    A bit like the Soup Nazi.
    Meat?? No but you can eat worm meal or insect protein.
    Fuel?? $10 per week – at $10/litre (if you get any)

  22. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    90 degrees!

  23. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Henry VIII was 6’2”.

    Yes; I’ve stood next to a life size model of him and for his time he was extraordinarily well built, if a little on the plump side later on.

  24. calli Avatar
    calli

    The armour in the White Tower is rather intimidating too. Great big lump of a bully.

  25. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Within the age groups most at risk of serious outcomes (ie the 60+), the raw data says the unvaccinated are over three times more likely to end up in critical care, or dead.

    And the risk factor in that age group for influenza & pneumonia is?
    310,000 people with flu presented to medical services in 2019.
    250,000 Covid cases two years.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes; I’ve stood next to a life size model of him and for his time he was extraordinarily well built, if a little on the plump side later on.

    Successive suits of amour show Henry’s waist size as increasing from 32 inches to 54 inches, and he weighed nearly 400 pounds when he died…

  27. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    her break angle on the nut of the lute

    Enuff, Rog. The brunette in the green jacket in the Chet Faker clip at the top.

    Magnifique.

    While goils like her exist, I’ll keep blundering ever onwards. They may not want to know me, but I certainly want to know them.

    Err, to paraphrase VI Lennon. 🙂

  28. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Western third of this continent is not going to suddenly become some mythical new bland.

    No.

    The GST money is far too useful, and we don’t have a big enough population relative to our industries to service everything from within.

    Let alone defend it…

    Also Rabz, here is a better version of ‘Elephant.’ And it has a goil in it…

  29. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Great big lump of a bully.

    He was probably diabetic, and, like most people in Tudor England, where the water was considered undrinkable, and ale or beer consumed as a substitute, rat arZed drunk, most of the time.

  30. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Henry VIII was 6 foot, 4 inches tall and he weighed around 300 pounds at the time of his death.
    All the Plantagenets were also tall, Henry’s mother was one.
    The Conqueror was 6 Feet, Edward IV was the tallest ever King at 6 feet 4 and a half inches, that’s what eating Beef exclusively will do.
    Both Henry and Edward and likely The Conqueror were poisoned, Williams Rufus was a shortarse who got an arrow through the chest, Longshanks and Edward II were also tall men.
    It’s likely that the Plantagenets were descended fom David.
    To this day, no one is sure where the Tudors came from.

  31. Dot Avatar

    Dot, the conjob virus has a very low death rate & mostly harmful in the elderly & very ill.

    I agree.

    So why have a jab that seems like a game of Russian Roulette?

    Novavax, Covaxin and Sputnik are also so much safer that that comparison cannot be made.

    Anyway, looks like Omicron is the real MVP/vaccine. More contagious, far less virulent.

  32. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    To this day, no one is sure where the Tudors came from.

    The Noble House of Gypsum.

  33. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Henry VIII; wasn’t he the fat bastard that exploded post mortem and covered everyone with corpse juice?

  34. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    The armour in the White Tower is rather intimidating too. Great big lump of a bully.

    Nope, he had guts too, led the Battle of Flodden Field as a 19 year old King.
    He was reputed to be a Welsher tho.

  35. calli Avatar
    calli

    Sounds like Old Bloke.

    Henry VIII from the Tribe of Judah, or was he….(drumroll)…a descendent of the Nephilim? Yikes!

  36. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    William The Conqueror.
    Likely poisoned.

  37. Aaron Avatar
    Aaron

    I’m so old, I can remember when ” breakthrough infection” would be a pretty uncommon occurance.

    Now the vaccines are like symptom soothers.

    Covid Codral.

    Soldier on …

  38. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Roger says:
    December 19, 2021 at 8:03 pm
    Henry VIII was 6’2”.

    I’ve had a look at that suit of armour and the ridiculously oversized codpiece.
    Safe to say old Harry had a micro dick and knocked off the wives who laughed. Why do you reckon he had all the possible lovers of Anne Boleyn killed?
    Shamed by comparison.

  39. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Henry VIII; wasn’t he the fat bastard that exploded post mortem and covered everyone with corpse juice?

    Now that’s the way to die and ensure a lasting legacy as a King of England.

    Die on the Throne (though that one may sadly be a myth), and then cover all concerned with a splash of Royal Radiance.

    A troll of the Catholic Church and Spain (The two greaest superpowers of the age) in life, and literally an even bigger one in death.

    He’s Henry the Eighth, he was…

    #Vale

  40. calli Avatar
    calli

    No, Frank. That was William 1. He didn’t fit in his sarcophagus, so bloated was he when they tried to inter him.

    Horrid.

  41. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Micah Newman.

    Let’s have some aural beauty.

  42. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    their beloved taut li’l goils will cut through, with a machete, some historical mediocrity.

    What, like this?

    The most perfect Cake mash up ever.

  43. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Novavax, Covaxin and Sputnik are also so much safer that that comparison cannot be made.

    Weren’t you claiming nthe same for Pfizer when Astra Zeneca was the Poison Du Jour?

  44. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    William The Conqueror.
    Likely poisoned.

    That gypsum is a terrible thing, eh Grigory?

  45. calli Avatar
    calli

    the ridiculously oversized codpiece

    I was going to mention that, but modesty forbade.

    Blackadder came to mind when I saw it. Or rather, the irrepressible Rik Mayall.

  46. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Die on the Throne

    That would be the king, the other one from Memphis.

  47. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Weren’t you claiming nthe same for Pfizer when Astra Zeneca was the Poison Du Jour?

    And I seem to recall you claiming that Buteyko Breathing creates nitric oxide in the lining of the nose that destroys covid virus particles, Grigory…

  48. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    the irrepressible Rik Mayall.

    WOOF! WOOF! 😀

  49. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    calli says:
    December 19, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks, I knew it was one of them.

  50. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Die on the Throne (though that one may sadly be a myth), and then cover all concerned with a splash of Royal Radiance.

    Double bugger.

    Both inaccurate.

    BUT- He did set up the Royal Navy to be the greatest power at sea for some 450 years following his death, and his daughter used it to very great effect.

  51. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    I might note I also re-looked at the human equivalent dosage for Ivermectin “pour-on” & found some baby oil (which they use in Zimbabwe to mix with the IVM) – just is case…….

    Vicki, can you explain just how you would use an IV drench in applying it to humans. Would you apply it externally on the skin or take a dose at the appropriate concentration.

  52. calli Avatar
    calli

    Okay…you maaaade me do it!

    Flashheart!

  53. Dot Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    December 19, 2021 at 8:23 pm
    Novavax, Covaxin and Sputnik are also so much safer that that comparison cannot be made.

    Weren’t you claiming nthe same for Pfizer when Astra Zeneca was the Poison Du Jour?

    I claimed that AZ and Fizzer were safer than AZ and Fizzer?

    Here we have an IQ 70 troll, people

  54. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Nope, he had guts too, led the Battle of Flodden Field as a 19 year old King.
    He was reputed to be a Welsher tho.

    Nup.

  55. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    To this day, no one is sure where the Tudors came from.

    That would be in the general vicinity of Wales, Ed.

  56. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Okay…you maaaade me do it!

    Flashheart!

    HOORAY! 😀

  57. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    That would be in the general vicinity of Wales, Ed.

    To quote another famous Welshman:

    “Wales! Glorious Wales!

    I love Wales, but you rarely get them in the fish shops these days…”

    #YouSillyTwistedBoy,You

  58. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Welsh form of Theodore iirc.

  59. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s one for Rabz.

    Long way to walk in stilettos, even for a tall leggy blonde.

  60. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    You don’t meet a lot of Henrys these days.

  61. calli Avatar
    calli

    Apparently Henry VIII had horrid constipation. But then they all did because the water was undrinkable and no one ate veggies because highly suspect.

    You could probably get away with an all meat diet if you at least drank lots of water. Plus everything was heavily salted because no refrigeration. The New World, with all its spices was still a generation away.

    We are so very fortunate now, but we still whinge if something isn’t quite what we want or the supermarket is out of our favourite item. Live in the third world for a few years and that attitude soon changes.

  62. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    And the risk factor in that age group for influenza & pneumonia is?

    By the look of things, tiny.
    Figures 41, 43, 44, and 46 tell a story of not much flu.

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Nope, he had guts too, led the Battle of Flodden Field as a 19 year old King.

    Bullshit. At the time of the battle of Flodden, Henry and his troops were invading France and besieging the French town of Thérouanne. Catherine of Aragon was the Regent, and the English Army at Flodden was led by the Duke of Surrey.

  64. calli Avatar
    calli

    Careful with all this Welshness. I’ll link to Cwm Rhondda or Men of Harlech if you don’t desist.

  65. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Can’t leave it at that. Here’s Depeche Mode again with some with more roads and deserts.

    Dream On

  66. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Henry VIII was likely piosonrd.
    Vegetables cause constipation as well as damaging the delicate tissue lining the gut
    The water was drinkable, they collected rainwater in stone cisterns, plus there were wells and springs all over the land.
    The Industrial Revolution was the herald of undrinkable water in the Cities and death by waterborne disease skyrocketed there.

  67. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    zrunk, most of the time

    On weekends, it’s a state of mind. Leavened with workouts, tastee foods and a total disdain for modern life.

    If that makes me a bad person, then so be it. 🙂

  68. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Frank says:
    December 19, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    You don’t meet a lot of Henrys these days.

    Not unless you visit prisons, where women killers are kept.

  69. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Modern Life, being as it is, rubbish. 😕

    Good ol’ Arks would agree.

    I am the son and the heir …

    Of nothing in particular …”

  70. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Henry VIII was likely piosonrd.(sic)

    More bullshit. He was morbidly obese, diabetic, and suffering a badly ulcerated leg, as a result of a jousting accident years before. He died from natural causes.

  71. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    The Industrial Revolution was the herald of undrinkable water in the Cities and death by waterborne disease skyrocketed there.

    Nup.
    They identified waterborne diseases and cause at that time.
    First big known cholera outbreak was in India in 1817.

  72. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Henry VIII

    FFS, peoples – keep posting comments about that very dead bloated useless whale (BIRM) and I’ll be posting comments featuring that feisty li’l beauty, Miss Ellie, for the rest of the night.

    Enough*.

    *Youse have no idea how hard it was for me to spell that term correctlee, I tells ya.

  73. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    More bullshit. He was morbidly obese, diabetic, and suffering a badly ulcerated leg, as a result of a jousting accident years before. He died from natural causes.

    Big call.
    Gypsum was readily available in the 16th century.

  74. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “More bullshit. He was morbidly obese, diabetic, and suffering a badly ulcerated leg, as a result of a jousting accident years before. He died from natural causes.”

    Correct. His ulcerated leg never healed from the jousting accident. He leg became putrid…much like his personality.

  75. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Gypsum.
    Known as jousting powder in Henry VIII time.
    Eased the codpiece chafing from the saddle.

  76. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The Industrial Revolutionionion

    Took place centuries ago, you big fat scaly blundering extra terrestrial lizards.

    OK – I appreciate it’s a Sunday night and we’re about to adjourn to our hidey holes for some blessed rest (again).

    In the interim, does anyone here have anything remotely interesting to say? OK, I’ll start:

    Goose Mooristeen is an irredeemable imbecile and Allegra Spender is blessed with the biggest hooter in Ozzie public life since Bill Lawry.

  77. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Of nothing in particular …

    Awesome track. Why is no music in the last 20 years worth the electrons it uses? Something has infected the music scene and turned it to rubbish.

    Gotta counter an anthem like that with another anthem. It’s the season.

    The Pogues – Fairytale Of New York

    Happy Christmas!

  78. calli Avatar
    calli

    Lol, Gez. I was picturing it as chalk for the jousting cue.

  79. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    youtube can go fuck itself

  80. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Talk of people drinking beer instead of water in the Middle Ages.
    No problems at ground level.
    I did read that the masons working on Brunelleschi’s dome of the cathedral in Florence used to drink wine because of the risk of water borne disease … 100 metres up.
    The wine was only 5-6% alcohol but still.

  81. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    calli says:
    December 19, 2021 at 9:08 pm
    Lol, Gez. I was picturing it as chalk for the jousting cue.

    Steady on there Calli, this is PG blog.

  82. calli Avatar
    calli

    I trust they wore hi viz Sancho.

  83. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    I can see a return of the codpiece as a must have fashion item. They rock. Perhaps starting off with a tactical style influenced by the BLM crowd before moving into a more ornamental form. Maybe with bluetooth.

  84. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    More bullshit. He was morbidly obese, diabetic, and suffering a badly ulcerated leg, as a result of a jousting accident years before. He died from natural causes.

    Googlin’ Wikipedia again?
    Many Kings were poisoned.
    Stalin was poisoned, probably FDR too, since his decline was rapid and he was only 62.
    Elizabeth I, likely poisoned too.
    Wikipedia and others used to say Syphilis killed Monarchs they didn’t like but they’ve pulled their heads in lately, now it’s all due to some speculated Genetic Condition.

  85. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Modern Life, being as it is, rubbish.

    Good ol’ Arks would agree.

    You miserable sod.

    How’s the Model A restoration going?

  86. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    now it’s all due to some speculated Genetic Condition.

    Your condition is genetic? That explains a lot…

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Googlin’ Wikipedia again?

    A strange old fashioned thing called a bookshelf, Grogs. I don’t expect you to understand.

  88. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Googlin’ Wikipedia again?

    Spack off and eat your jousting stick, Grigory.

    You’ve been enough of a nuisance for the next 57 weekends in just a single day.

  89. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    ‘corpse juice’

    As calli mentioned, that was William the Conqueror. He was carted about for a few days post-cark and pre-insertion into his coffin at Caen, and he bloated up and went pop when they tried to jam him in.

    The pong was said to be quite something.

  90. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Oh. Sorry. Forgot to add:

    William the Conqueror was ‘likely a Spook’.

  91. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    callisays:

    December 19, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I trust they wore hi viz Sancho.

    Scarlet ankle length robes, iron capped sandals, and bonnets embroidered with their slogan … “Tange unum, tange omnia”.

  92. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    I’ve worked in some very primitive parts of the world. Most places store rain water in pots or tanks run off roofing after they have allowed the obligatory flush. A lot of wells are lined with sands and filtering lithologies of gravels well away from ablutions. There is generally nothing wrong with the water and they seem to know exactly how much to store, when to empty it and what isn’t potable. IMO even middle ages people would have had these smarts.

    I do imagine towns would have been different and disease ridden cesspools, hence the stories of drinking beer.

  93. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I can see a return of the codpiece as a must have fashion item

    Sacré bleu 😕

  94. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Many Kings were poisoned.
    Stalin was poisoned, probably FDR too, since his decline was rapid and he was only 62.

    I’m reliably told that HMQ only drinks rainwater she gathers herself and eats instant noodles she cooks in her own kettle.

    She knows exactly how the Illuminati works.

  95. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    I can see a return of the codpiece as a must have fashion item

    Almost a must in women’s sport these days. Can’t let your lady penis create drag.

  96. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Stalin was poisoned, probably FDR too, since his decline was rapid and he was only 62.”

    I doubt Stalin was poisoned and FDR most certainly was not poisoned. Roosevelt had suffered side effects from his polio for years and he died from an internal haemorrhage.

    What next Eddy? Soon you’ll be telling us that JFK wasn’t really shot in Dealey Plaza but poisoned in the hospital.

  97. Dot Avatar

    I’m reliably told that HMQ only drinks rainwater she gathers herself and eats instant noodles she cooks in her own kettle.

    She knows exactly how the Illuminati works.

    … and pure grain alcohol, procured by RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, VC and bar, DSO.

  98. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Can’t let your lady penis create drag.

    No no no.

    They spin them like propellers to generate extra thrust. That is how they are able to outperform the womenfolk.

    (Also to assert dominance…)

  99. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Who hasn’t bought a roomy codpiece at least once or twice?

  100. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    What next Eddy? Soon you’ll be telling us that JFK wasn’t really shot in Dealey Plaza but poisoned in the hospital.

    Lee Harvey Grigs-wald fired a gypsum bullet…

  101. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I remember reading somewhere that Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah, had a personal food taster because he had a morbid fear of being poisoned.

  102. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    BoN – Emma Peel.

    Yo.

  103. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Kevin Rudd would look fabulous in a codpiece so long as he keeps with his current crop of chin pubes intact.

  104. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    @ Rabz-

    I see Emma Peel and raise you Diana Rigg.

  105. srr Avatar
    srr

    “kaysee says:
    December 19, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    What I’ve Learned Rescuing My Daughter From Her Transgender Fantasy
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  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Roosevelt had suffered side effects from his polio for years and he died from an internal haemorrhage.

    He had also been diagnosed with a variety of heart ailments two years before he died.

  107. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Sancho Panzersays:
    December 19, 2021 at 2:30 pm
    Cassie.
    I prescribe some Big Pharma coupled with traditional Jewish medicine.
    Crush two Endone into a bowl of warm chicken soup.
    Take as required.
    (Disclaimer – I may not be a doctor).”

    Sancho….I wanted to let you know that yesterday I had chicken soup with some big pharma Endone. Without a doubt this combo has precipitated my increased physical and mental well-being.

  108. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Sancho….I wanted to let you know that yesterday I had chicken soup with some big pharma Endone. Without a doubt this combo has precipitated my increased physical and mental well-being.

    Endone will indeed do the trick. But pace yourself with them and set a line in the sand for discontinuance. The buggers have hooks.

  109. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “He had also been diagnosed with a variety of heart ailments two years before he died.”

    Yep…the interesting thing about FDR’s death was that when he died, Eleanor wasn’t with him, instead he was with his long-term love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd.

  110. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Eleanor Roosevelt was a proto-Rudd.

    Right down to the Reverse Midas Touch…

    Prove me R-O-N-G wrong.*

    * Grigory’s gypsum-fuelled mendacity does not count.

  111. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Cats – It’s not class or idiotology, it’s not colour, creed or roots …

    The only thang that unites us is

    Dr Martens Boots! 🙂

  112. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    I remember reading somewhere that Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah, had a personal food taster because he had a morbid fear of being poisoned.

    Yep. That’s correct.

    The Yanks also suggested the best solution to quell the revolution was to block the exits to the bazar and open fire on the protesters.

    Mrs A was in the country in the time as a child. Her father saw the cable at the US embassy. Strange period in history. You actually had to be there to understand the nuance.

    History gets skewed.

  113. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Rabzy, I missed you’ll today.

  114. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Bluddee hell – Cherry is the red … 🙂

    Stomping around, we will be.

  115. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    You were there, Squirette. 🙂

  116. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    History gets skewed.

    It does indeed.

  117. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Stories like it are occurring in your state, your town, and perhaps even on your street

    Hmm … your own family

    I’ll say it again … the post-modern is poison

    roll up feminism, marx, climate-change and critical race theory with rice and avocado
    add a dollop of psychiatrists are advising
    dip it in a sauce of pharmacist delivered testosterone

    … and enjoy your bug-sushi

  118. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    This one has been in my mind lately. Good take on the MSM forty years ago. Excellent single also!

    Here Is The News

  119. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    yum!

  120. Zyconoclast Avatar
    Zyconoclast

    Giant Kites That Drag Cargo Ships Across Oceans Go on Trial

    Add ships being dragged along by giant kites to the list of things the industry is exploring in its quest to decarbonize.

    At the start of next year, the Ville de Bordeaux, a 154-meter-long ship that moves aircraft components for Airbus SE, will unfurl a 500 square meter kite on journeys across the Atlantic Ocean. It will undergo six months of trials and tests before full deployment.

    While the industry has come up with multiple decarbonization initiatives, it is struggling to keep pace with goals set out under the Paris Agreement on climate. There’s also pressure on shipping lines from large customers who are pressing to make their own supply chains less polluting.

    The kite is called Seawing. Its developer, Airseas, estimates that an even larger 1,000 square-meter parafoil, flying at an altitude of 300 meters, will cut fuel consumption and emissions from vessels by about 20%.

    Shipping carries more than 80% of all goods traded globally but also accounts for almost 3% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

    Airseas says its technology is automated and can be installed on any ship — regardless of size — in a few days.

  121. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Endone will indeed do the trick. But pace yourself with them and set a line in the sand for discontinuance. The buggers have hooks.

    This is very wise advice.
    Earlier in the year we had a slight post surgery tussle with Endone. Just a tiny scrap, when my bride had a brief Bilbo Baggins moment after we agreed that the last strip should go in the bin, rather than her.

  122. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    But pace yourself with them and set a line in the sand for discontinuance.”

    Noted.

  123. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Shipping carries more than 80% of all goods traded globally but also accounts for almost 3% of man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

    Relatively speaking, that’s incredibly efficient.

    Also, relying on a giant kite well out to sea? Why do I hear Neptune chortling?

  124. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Ok, can’t go away without a bit more prog rock.

    I’m Just a Singer In a Rock and Roll Band (1973)

    Scorching this earth! They’d be greens today, alas.

  125. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Armadillosays:
    December 19, 2021 at 10:05 pm”

    There’s a very good book on Iran and the fall of the Shah. It’s called Days of God, The Revolution in Iran and it’s Consequences. Worth reading.

  126. Baba Avatar

    Sugar from the West Indies killed ‘Enry the VIII.

  127. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    I blame Bruce of Newk’s forbearers.

  128. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Sugar from the West Indies killed ‘Enry the VIII.”

    Sugar wasn’t grown in the West Indies until the 1640s….one hundred years after Henry’s death.

  129. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sugar wasn’t grown in the West Indies until the 1640s….one hundred years after Henry’s death.

    Don’t confuse people with inconvenient facts, Cassie.

  130. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    1979 has a lot to do with subsequent events.

    People tend to confuse “left” and “right” politically. There is no such thing.

    You can vote “Liberal” or “Labor”, or “Republican” or “Democrat”. You aren’t actually that far apart on the basic issues. Merely different ways of solving problems.

    Ideology is the problem. It’s poison to the mind.

  131. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Don’t they use sugar to make Ba-ba-ba-bundy?

  132. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    There is no point arguing with people who have an ideology.

    Too far gone. Very few change their mind.

  133. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Sugar wasn’t grown in the West Indies until the 1640s….one hundred years after Henry’s death.

    OK. Off the coast of Brazil. But it was new and expensive. The preserve of the rich.

  134. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Yep…the interesting thing about FDR’s death was that when he died, Eleanor wasn’t with him, instead he was with his long-term love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd.

    What’s interesting about that?
    Roosevelt’s Cousin/wife hadn’t cohabited with him since 1919.Rumors of Syphilis at the time were likely correct, though he clearly was poisoned.
    Nobody ages 30 years in 5 months from any other cause.

  135. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “OK. Off the coast of Brazil. But it was new and expensive. The preserve of the rich.”

    The first sugar grown off the coast of Brazil was after Henry’s death.

  136. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Nobody ages 30 years in 5 months from any other cause.

    Nobody who hasn’t had to put up with you on the Cat, Grigory…

  137. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    You’re confusing Henry VIII with Henry Morgan, the King in Panama.

  138. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Another feisty li’l beauty

    Hang on – I’m not into blondes – what the hell is going on? 😕

    Let’s have some Janeys.

  139. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Nobody ages 30 years in 5 months from any other cause.’

    There’s only one other cause.

    Reading your shit.

  140. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Snap Rex!

  141. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    You’re confusing Henry VIII with Henry Morgan, the King in Panama.

    And you are confusing us with people who care.

    Go to bed.

  142. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Henry Vee-One-One-One died of being a fat pisspot with syphilis.
    The end.

  143. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    A song for our regrettable times …

    Tell me friend, why do you stand aloof from your own heart?”

  144. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    badly ulcerated leg, as a result of a jousting accident years before.

    ..
    Is it really an accident when you are pointing a bloody big stick at someone with the intent of unhorsing them?

  145. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Googlery.
    You are being demolished by a lady with two sore knees and who is living on chicken soup laced with Endone.
    Give it away.

  146. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Actually, I am not a total arsehole.

    Here is a musical tribute to the Cat’s resident gypsum-powered vegetable detestor. Courtesy of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ic3g8Xnf7LI

  147. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Voice For Victoria
    @Voice4Victoria
    ·
    4h
    The ‘I’m not eligible for my booster’ whinge crowd are hilarious. The reason you’re not is because the ones you’ve already had are supposed to still be working or do you think the vaccine you’re so desperate to get again doesn’t work? The mental gymnastics are wild.

  148. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Is it really an accident when you are pointing a bloody big stick at someone with the intent of unhorsing them?

    Only if they didn’t enthusiastically consent… 😉

  149. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Henry Vee-One-One-One died of being a fat pisspot with syphilis.

    Henry V111 did not have syphilis – that little canard did not surface for a hundred years after he kicked the bucket, and was spread by his religious opponents..

  150. custard Avatar
    custard

    Gargooly makes up shit about Gargooly

    Priceless!

  151. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Bluddee hell – time for human history’s most legendary woman. The skin is pale, the bounteous hair is brown, the siren call is irresistible.

    As it should be – the natural order of things restored. 🙂

  152. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Cassie, I will freely admit that old age and a liking for strong drink have dulled my memory, but if I haven’t wished you all the best for a full and complete recovery, already, please accept those good wishes now, and an apology for not having done so earlier.

  153. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    The Revolution in Iran and it’s Consequences. Worth reading.

    It’s probably like watching that movie “Not without my Daughter”. I sat through that with my MIL in a picture theatre. She lived there for 19 years, so I’m assuming when she said it was a “load of crap”, she was probably right.

    Most things out of Hollywood generally are.

    I will however, read the book. Historical accounts are much more accurate.

    Diaries, even more so. She wrote in it every day. Fresh memories.

  154. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Henry V111 did not have syphilis – that little canard did not surface for a hundred years after he kicked the bucket, and was spread by his religious opponents..

    That can’t be true. Professor Higgins is never wrong.

  155. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Henry VIII was a Gambler and a Welsher.
    He also had many enemies in Europe, his only legit daughter had married the King Of Spain and she was 2 steps from The Throne.
    He was a great candidate to be poisoned and that’s what happened.
    He rotted away, nobody gave a fuck, they all had their own barrows to push.
    His daughter Elizabeth was an odd looking woman, so Congenital Syphilis can’t be ruled out, but poisoning is most likely.

  156. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    A voice raised on nicotine, honed on alcohol and edged with emotion

  157. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    As it should be – the natural order of things restored.

    Are you a smoker, Rabz?

    Because if you aren’t, I hope your jocks are fire-retardant… 😉

  158. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Henry VIII was a Gambler and a Welsher.

    He was a King of England, Grigory.

    What else was he supposed to be? A Cocker Spaniel?

  159. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Henry Vee-One-One-One died of being a fat pisspot with syphilis.

    Liar.

  160. Dot Avatar

    I used to hate that movie, after reading this, I almost like it.

    https://www.vulture.com/2016/01/not-without-my-daughter-problem.html

  161. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Henry Vee-One-One-One was riddled with STDs.
    The reason it was never mentioned until generations later was the propensity to lop the heads off anyone who suggested Royals died of anything unsavoury.

  162. Dot Avatar

    Grigory pretending to be dumb (IQ < 80) then reverting back to a 130 IQ psycho when he sees you make an error is hilarious.

    Russian Toady could barely disrupt and make fake news mixed in with convenient true news any better.

  163. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Oh, OK then.
    It was bound to come out eventually.
    The Clintons had Henry Vee-One-One-One killed.

  164. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Love – tearing us as it does, apart, again.

  165. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Grigory also seems to have suddenly developed a thing for Syphilis.

    I wonder if one of his skinsuits might have had it?

    It would explain the sudden morbid fascination with poisoning tonight, too…

  166. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Henry Vee-One-One-One killed.

    Henry didn’t poison himself.

  167. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Gypsum did nothing wrong

  168. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A voice raised on nicotine, honed on alcohol and edged with emotion …

    Curse you, Bruce in WA – I saw the Fury’s and Davey Arthur doing “The Green Fields of France..” One of four of the greatest anti – war songs ever written..

  169. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Armadillosays:

    December 19, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Henry Vee-One-One-One died of being a fat pisspot with syphilis.

    Liar.

    Well, what did he die of then?
    A sky-diving accident?
    A duck-shooting mishap?

  170. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Did I say syphilis?
    I meant gout.

  171. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    Grigory pretending to be dumb

    I don’t he’s pretending.

  172. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Sacré bleu! A message just in on the small rectangular black glass thing:

    Rabz – you either stop yammering about blondes and brunettes or I’ll visit much mighty vengeance upon ye. Yours, Vera. 🙂

  173. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed he is recovering from COVID-19, using a message to fans to encourage people to be vaccinated.

    Key points:

    May says he and wife Anita Dobson contracted COVID-19 at an event full of triple-jabbed people.

    He says vaccination is the reason he is recovering well a week later.

    The UK is experiencing a dramatic surge in cases of the Omicron variant, putting a strain on hospitals.

    LOL

  174. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    And who doesn’t enjoy a Christmas carol this time of the year!

  175. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    Triple-jabbed? Well at least he didn’t lose a leg, so there’s that.

  176. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    The Shah went a bit nuts and got “too big for his own boots”.

    History is replete with this stuff. Twenty odd years is an eye blink.

    A sound dynasty is built either on money or ruthlessness. Or preferably both.

  177. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I meant gout.

    Gout, in those days, came with the territory. Two hundred years later, one of King George 111rd courtiers was diagnosed with gout, and advised to eat plenty of red meat, take plenty of alcohol, and avoid all exercise….

  178. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    The UK is experiencing a dramatic surge in cases of the Omicron variant, putting a strain on hospitals.

    And there encapsulated is the reason for the insane lockdowns in WA … the fucking hospital system is so run down and understaffed it couldn’t cope with a bad flu season, let alone anything else! McGowan has had two bloody years to do something and what has he done? SFA! And that’s the only reason we are living the way we are.

  179. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    Gout, in those days, came with the territory. Two hundred years later, one of King George 111rd courtiers was diagnosed with gout, and advised to eat plenty of red meat, take plenty of alcohol, and avoid all exercise….

    What? Hadn’t they heard of colchicine? Oh, hang about …

    (My chemist said to ignore the recommended dose and take two straight up, and another one an hour later. Expect a dose of runny poos, but it kills the gout stone dead. And my cardiologist makes me take it for suppression of inflammation …)

  180. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Cause of death. Gout.

    It’s written on death certificates world wide.

  181. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Gout

    Would Miss Vera be less inclined to me testing out her temper if I claimed “the gout”?

  182. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Gout is also known as “rich man’s disease”.

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (My chemist said to ignore the recommended dose and take two straight up, and another one an hour later. Expect a dose of runny poos, but it kills the gout stone dead

    Thanks for that – I’ll bear that in mind the next time the Memsahib’s gout gives her trouble, and she starts on the subject of men, and their shortcomings…

  184. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Gout

    I’ve actually been “blessed” with it and it’s not funny. It is extremely painful, though.

    A weird confluence of events led to it*.

    Decades ago, thank goodness.

    *Extreme self indulgence may have been a contributing factor, including the hoovering of many, many prawns.

  185. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    *Extreme self indulgence may have been a contributing factor, including the hoovering of many, many prawns.

    My first attack occurred after a ‘few’ rounds of XXXX, followed by feed of lambs brains washed down with a number of glasses of Shiraz at the Cairns RSL.

    Too many years later I learned Allopurinol is your friend.

  186. Bruce in WA Avatar
    Bruce in WA

    I’ve actually been “blessed” with it and it’s not funny. It is extremely painful, though.

    Indeed. Red wine to excess and dehydration are my triggers. My friend’s are tomatoes and champagne (!).

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    followed by feed of lambs brains washed down with a number of glasses of Shiraz at the Cairns RSL.

    The eating of sheep, and various parts of their carcasses, is a disgusting, and deplorable habit, for which there is no redemption.

  188. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Pussys.

  189. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The lips, the heart

    After all the shit we’ve been forced to wade through over the past two years, it’s time to mine the very depths of our being.

    There are sunlit uplands, peoples. We will hopefully enjoy them sooner rather than later. 🙂

  190. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    and what has he done?
    He’s built two quarantine gulags, that’s what he’s done.

  191. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform
  192. Baba Avatar
    Baba

    The eating of sheep, and various parts of their carcasses, is a disgusting, and deplorable habit, for which there is no redemption.

    You obviously haven’t eaten a lamb loin chop grown around Beaufort West.

  193. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Went to buy a rake at Bunnings today. None there. Looks like Nut Case has bought up the whole stock. Bunnings can’t keep up the supply.

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