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The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1898

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local oaf
December 24, 2021 2:19 pm

picked up a one volume H/C edition of Gibbon’s Decline & Fall by D M Low .. 924 pages NO pix, 1974 printing for $2.00 in mint condition ..

There is a superb audiobook of Gibbon available – performed by David Timson.

Not cheap, unless you’re prepared to try “less than entirely legal” methods of acquisition.

Would be well over $300 from Audible, unless you are a member.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 2:21 pm

Arky:

Trying to replace my .303 and Savage mag .22.
Prices are insane and there is bugger all stock.
Thinking a Howa .223 or 6.5
Anyone?

Go for the Howa in a .308
Creedmore in 6.5 means ammo shortage when times are lean unless you can get a good deal on 2k – 5k cartridges.
The .308 version is a well stocked caliber and you can get good bulk buy deals in Australia.*
*Just looked at ammo deals – .308 Win has nearly doubled in 3 years!

Lysander
Lysander
December 24, 2021 2:25 pm

An Allans Snackbar has been arrested in Sydney for planning an attack…

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 2:25 pm

If the Doctor gets an all expenses trip to Vegas for a week paid for by a Drug nCompany, that doesn’t absolve the Drug Company of responsibility for the Doctor’s prescribing habits.

As far as Doctors being reluctant to prescribe Opioids for pain relief, so they should be.
Opioids such as Codeine can cause Physical Addiction in tiny doses.
Think Physical Addiction is no big deal, try a bit of Stoicism?

Okay, try to imagine the specific pain youoriginally took the Opioid for recurring regularly for the simple reason that the organism [that’s you] is starved of the Opiate on a cellular level.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 2:26 pm

a one volume H/C edition of Gibbon’s Decline & Fall by D M Low .. 924 pages

Sounds like the abridged version, as the full set is four volumes in PB. The printed editions are better than audio because Gibbon has numerous useful and interesting footnotes all through.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 2:27 pm

Arky:

When I bought my SMLE there was a bin full of the things in the corner of the gun shop.
I just asked the bloke to pick me a good one, paid like $120 and that was that.
You can’t even find the things now.

I remember being offered in 1993, SMLE factory stored since manufacture for $50 and you could have 2 for $100. (ARA only)
I am so kicking myself for not picking up the deal… *sob*

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 2:31 pm

Oops, that would be three PB volumes. Just checked bookcase. They’re chunky though, nearly LOTR PB size, each of them.

Arky
December 24, 2021 2:33 pm

Go for the Howa in a .308

..
I can’t afford $2 or whatever every time I pull the trigger.

Arky
December 24, 2021 2:34 pm

…and I’m not doing that reloading caper.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 2:34 pm

Hey Jupes the only runs Burns got last night were from a dodgy kebab.

shatterzzz
December 24, 2021 2:35 pm

Just back from a trek around the local shopping centre (Wetherill Park, NSW) .. quite heartening to see that masking is running at about 50/50 and altho the QR papers are outside most of the shops no staff are policing entrances .. inc KMart, Big W ect + supermarkets …..

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 2:36 pm

If you were a better shot Arky you’d only need one.

Frank
Frank
December 24, 2021 2:39 pm

Masks really suck if you have bad breath. On the other hand, masks are really good at alerting you to the fact that you have bad breath. So I have been told.

Arky
December 24, 2021 2:42 pm

GreyRanga says:
December 24, 2021 at 2:36 pm

..
I was a passable shot.
Not great. Passable.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 2:42 pm

My mate picked up 17k rounds for assorted guns for peanuts off an old guy who can’t get out anymore. He used to do some repairs for him and got him good prices for his collection.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 2:44 pm

That was the problem Arky the shots kept passing. Hehe

Arky
December 24, 2021 2:45 pm

I’m buying one of these:
https://rehfisch.com.au/collections/firearms/products/howa-mini-223-rem-simmons-3-9×40-scope-package
..
Once I figure out if a gun safe stays functional weeks after heating past the melting point of aluminium.

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 2:47 pm

Zat

I know what you mean, but I don’t think it’s the elected reps. The real evil doers is the administrative state.

Other than the military lower ranks than the chiefs of staff, what American institution do you believe in any more.?It’s a corrupted mess and that’s where the problem is. No different in Oz.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 24, 2021 2:49 pm

Arky, you are back. How’s the insurance going? They are indeed a pack of slithering pricks as I found out after my dads passing and again after a relative recently who passed forgot to change the Contents Insurance address. He had recently moved and all the others were in order apparently bar that one. They refused to pay out on the clean up, caused a fair bit of stress in that case and there is no recourse except to lawyer up which aint happening. I have dropped insurances on a number of smaller assets we have after a risk vs reward analysis, turned out the pay out after excess on some things was under 10 years of the premium. House, Contents and vehicle are a necessary evil unfortunately.

Bought an SMLE way back (around the same time as Winston above was offered) for $200 from a sports store in Brisbane CBD on an old style Qld shooters licence that resembled a credit card. Saying $1200 now, wow.

John of Mel
John of Mel
December 24, 2021 2:55 pm

In regards to authorities and pandemics, someone sent me a link to an old (19th century) Russian book where one chapter describes plague in Sevastopol – a city on the Black sea. Mark Twain “history rhyming” quote comes to mind while reading this chapter.

Here is the link.
I know it’s in Russian, but if you open it in the Edge browser and translate into English it gives you a surprisingly okay results. I haven’t tried Google Translate, maybe it works well too.

A few quotes:

First of all, the question arises: was there really a plague in Sevastopol in 1829-1830? Old people unanimously claim that there was none, and call this “epidemic” quite aptly “pocket plague”, that is, just a way for officials to line their pockets on quarantine measures that protect against the introduction of the plague.

It would seem, how can you fill your pocket on the plague? But for a Russian official, a hardened bribe-taker and embezzler, every excuse is a reason for profit, and none is bad. The plague is so the plague, and in the plague, they say, we will live.

To combat the plague, which appeared allegedly in the troops that fought with Turkey, and then migrated to the southern Russian ports, the government allocated decent sums, and in order to catch these amounts in their pockets, officials were ready to recognize any pimple on the body of a sailor or sailor, worker or day laborer, and the population of Sevastopol to be quarantined for life: so that the wives would have enough for crinolines, and the children would be brought into people, and for old age some capital would be saved.

The fact was that the main population of these settlements, the families of active service sailors and retired, lived by summer work in the hamlets surrounding Sevastopol, while quarantine cut off their access to these works, thereby condemning them to starvation in winter. In addition, it was noticed that residents of Sevastopol proper, mainly officers, perfectly made their way through the quarantine line: for them, therefore, there were special rules; they, therefore, could not transmit the plague further, to the north. Quarantine and police officials received special daily money to combat the plague – a decent increase in their salaries.

The translation is not perfect, but good enough to get the gist of the very familiar sounding story.

Lysander
Lysander
December 24, 2021 2:56 pm

four new community cases in WA… out of 10,000 PCR tests…

DOOOOOOOOOOOM! 😛

Indolent
Indolent
December 24, 2021 2:59 pm
Arky
December 24, 2021 3:04 pm

Rockdoctor says:
December 24, 2021 at 2:49 pm

..
That’s about the experience.
I’m doing the cleaning up myself.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 3:04 pm

Maybe we should all shut up and stop giving their lurking staffers ideas.

No no no!

Sacking 97% of all bureaucrats not directly tied to policy enactment, subject matter expert advice provision (and the immediate provision of same) and the typing and pay clerk pools across all Federal and State Department will save us all from Covid-19!

And it will protect jobs!

Indolent
Indolent
December 24, 2021 3:05 pm
Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
December 24, 2021 3:06 pm

Day 4 of the plague of Molestinian…

I can now attest it’s great fun to be a wheezing, sniffling phlegm producing wrench in a supermarket full of freshly terrified west mongstralians

John of Mel
John of Mel
December 24, 2021 3:07 pm

We were denied travel exemption for the second time.

In the decision email they said (both times) that I should add all children traveling with me into the system. First time around I didn’t even try doing it, because their rules clearly say that kids under 12 are automatically exempt, so I only added my older kids. Second time I tried doing it, but their system didn’t let me do that, because they are under 12. There is no a Save button on that screen. I attached their birth certificates, and a document with explanation why I didn’t add them (I couldn’t), but it seems she didn’t read it. The fact that I have to take kids with me, because my wife’s work schedule won’t let her to take care of them properly, doesn’t seem to matter at all.
I’ll try again after Christmas.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 3:15 pm

Story goes that a sly grog runner turned up at one of the “dry” outback Aboriginal communities, with a cargo of illicit alcohol. He was met by the women of the community, armed with whatever came to hand, and told to get out, the sooner, the better for his state of health. Their community was “dry”, and would stay that way….

local oaf
December 24, 2021 3:19 pm

Bruce of Newcastle says:
December 24, 2021 at 2:26 pm

a one volume H/C edition of Gibbon’s Decline & Fall by D M Low .. 924 pages

Sounds like the abridged version, as the full set is four volumes in PB. The printed editions are better than audio because Gibbon has numerous useful and interesting footnotes all through.

It’s a good idea to consume both simultaneously

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 3:27 pm

The Leftwing Mayor of Hamburg has been caught out lying to his constituency in order to bring in draconian laws punishing people who refuse ‘vaccinations’.
The push for the “vaccination” seems to be metamorphosing into a Leftist strategem.
What should we read into that?

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 24, 2021 3:27 pm

American cops and guns.
I knew a Texas Ranger and all he ever shot outside of training were cans.
Mexi-cans
Afri-cans
Puoto Ric-cans…

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 3:27 pm

real women compared to boy sporting records

willis being cheeky again

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 3:28 pm
incoherent rambler
incoherent rambler
December 24, 2021 3:31 pm

What should we read into that?

Cynics have been asking that question since covid zero.

Something evil.

shatterzzz
December 24, 2021 3:35 pm

Sounds like the abridged version, as the full set is four volumes in PB. The printed editions are better than audio because Gibbon has numerous useful and interesting footnotes all through.

Yep, it’s an abridged version .. from the intro ..
“The abridgement has adhered to the central theme with some sacrifice of the tributary topics. The essentials have been retained .. the rise of Islam is included but not the extension of Arabian conquest and civilization as far west as Spain, which at that time lay outside the confines of the Empire. Similarly, the developments of modern European nations and the progress of the Holy Roman Empire have been omitted or curtalied”.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 3:45 pm

Doc Faustus:

The politics of keeping 80% of the population up to date with a vaccine against a disease that’s relevant to a minority of the oldest 20% is never going to be possible.

If there are 24 million Australians and the Brahmin Class are going to enforce 100% ‘vaccination’ rates at 3 month intervals, doesn’t that mean every 3 months, we have to ‘vaccinate’ 24 million people?
So 90 days / 24,000,000 = 266,666 per day.
(Someone check my assumptions and numbers please, migraine time.)

cohenite
December 24, 2021 3:47 pm

Coon man sues after being fired:

The campaigner who successfully petitioned for Coon cheese to change its name is seeking $1 million for what he claims is wrongful dismissal from an Indigenous health service.

Stephen Hagan was appointed chief executive of Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (TAIHS) five months ago but was stood down yesterday after what he said was a unanimous vote of no confidence by the board.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 3:47 pm

From Eugyppius:
Many here have wondered wtf about the Las Vegas shooting.
Some further questions are asked…

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
December 24, 2021 3:49 pm

So Parrothead blinked.

What a pussy.

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 3:53 pm

Piece in WSJ talking about the likelihood that India’s population maybe about to plunge too as the birthrate of 2.00 is now below the replacement rate -2.1.

India’s demographics matter beyond its borders. Forecasters estimate that India will replace China as the world’s most populous nation, perhaps as early as 2027. Much of New Delhi’s diplomacy hinges on the fact that more than 1 in 6 people live in India. This makes India pivotal in solving global challenges ranging from pandemics to climate change and mass migration.

What me is the bit about 1:6. I mean, it’s been the case for a while never really thought about it. Between China and India the account for about 35% of the world’s population!

Vicki
Vicki
December 24, 2021 3:55 pm

Robert Malone has just published a piece on what is called the “Overton Theory”. It basically speculates that government propaganda and lies only work until evidence emerges which challenges some basic assumptions. Since Omicron does just that – it is worth reading.

The Overton window of political possibility is the concept that there are a limited range of ideas the public is willing to consider and accept. That politicians can only be effective by advocating policy that fits within the Overton window and that disruptive groups are the ones who can expand or contract the Overton window. In the case of COVID-19, the use of the noble lie has been used by government and world health officials as well as legacy media sycophants to restrict and even close the Overton window regarding issues such as mask use, vaccination strategies, and lockdowns. To be explicitly clear, the Overton Window is a political concept which is being actively manipulated to constrain scientific discourse.

Government officials are intentionally acting as those disruptive groups which limit the window by co-opting media outlets, social media and big tech through NGOs, The Trusted News Initiative and three letter agencies. Through NIH media campaigns, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins and many others have acted to limit or close the Overton Window. They have also effectively used smear campaigns both against groups and individuals to limit the Overton Window and keep their policy positions from being questioned by the public and to expand governmental authority. There is now a deep understanding of the political science behind the Overton Window, and the idea is being used to market ideas to the public in ways never thought of before by governmental organizations and agencies.

“The most common misconception is that lawmakers themselves are in the business of shifting the Overton window. That is absolutely false. Lawmakers are actually in the business of detecting where the window is, and then moving to be in accordance with it.”

– Joseph Lehman

So, according to Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, politicians can only detect the Overton window but are not typically effective in directly influencing it. An exception to this rule may be a populist, charismatic and radicalized leader, such as President Trump. In fact, Trump’s expansion of the Overton window was key to his success. Both Trump and his original campaign manager Steve Bannon are a masterful marketers and media manipulators, so their use of the Overton window as a tool in social media marketing campaigns was most likely intentional.

As a general rule, it is believed that think tanks and social movements are the political actors who shift the Overton window one way or another. That it is these groups who act to convince voters and the public that policies outside the window should be included, or to limit what should be allowed to fit within the “approved” Overton window. One can argue that NIH has become one such advocacy group working to benefit the USG pandemic response policies (and the bureaucrat/politician careers of key HHS leaders) -by both limiting and expanding the Overton window as needed.

The Great Barrington Declaration is an example of an “outsider” group of scientists that have managed to expand the COVID-19 Overton window by use of a successful social media campaign. This declaration, now with almost one million signatures, reiterates sound, scientific principles regarding pandemic response policies that basically state the following:

“The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of reaching herd immunity, is to allow those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk. We call this Focused Protection. “

-The Great Barrington Declaration

On the other side of this issue, The US Government Health and Human Services (HHS) through NIH and legacy media (via the Trusted News Initiative) that have acted as the radical influencers to close the Overton window regarding universal vaccination, mandates and forced vaccination of children. They have sought to limit activist scientist and physicians by libeling and setting up main stream media in opposition. The email below, which was obtained by FOIA, lists Francis Collins, Anthony Fauci, Cliff Lane and Lawrence Tabak as involved in administering the “take down.” and character assassination of the primary authors. These senior USG HHS officials are important names to remember, as they have been leading this and prior pandemic responses. This type of behavior from governmental officials can not be tolerated in a free, open and democratic society.

“These researchers weren’t fringe and neither was their opposition to quarantining society. But in the panic over the virus, these two voices of officialdom used their authority to stigmatize dissenters and crush debate. A week after his email, Dr. Collins spoke to the Washington Post about the Great Barrington Declaration. “This is a fringe component of epidemiology,” he said. “This is not mainstream science. It’s dangerous.” His message spread and the alternative strategy was dismissed in most precincts.

Dr. Fauci replied to Dr. Collins that the takedown was underway. An article in Wired, a tech-news site, denied there was any scientific divide and argued lockdowns were a straw man—they weren’t coming back. If only it were true. The next month cases rose and restrictions returned.

Dr. Fauci also emailed an article from the Nation, a left-wing magazine, and his staff sent him several more.

The emails suggest a feedback loop: The media cited Dr. Fauci as an unquestionable authority, and Dr. Fauci got his talking points from the media. Facebook censored mentions of the Great Barrington Declaration. This is how groupthink works.”

The Wall Street Journal

Dr. Fauci has been particularly egregious in his attempts to limit the Overton Window by his repeated use of the “noble lie.” A “Noble Lie” is knowingly propagated by politicians, often to advance an agenda. A Noble Lie is intrinsically paternalistic. The deceiver assumes that lying serves the best interest of society. Fauci’s misinformation and lies have been targeted at influencing behavior of public and government officials, including politicians. He has effectively used the Noble Lie to expand and limit the Overton Window and in effect, control the narrative that politicians can act on and stay within the safety limits of their constituency.

One of Fauci’s first Noble Lies in this pandemic were in regard to mask use. First his comments were that masks are not effective prevention against COVID-19. This was stated as fact, rather than admit that the USA had a mask shortage. After which he recommended people wear one or even two masks. The CDC backed up this mandate – long after data showed that the effectiveness of most masks was limited to 10% effectiveness, at best. Dr. Fauci then stated the spread of the virus was unlike anything he’s seen before. While data showed that the severity of the illness are much like the flu virus, except in the elderly and high-risk populations.

Another example of Fauci’s Noble Lies are his public statements regarding gain of function research. The change in Fauci’s position over gain-of-function research in the last 18 months went from “it never happened” to “it would have been negligent not to fund the lab.” Of course, as this lie happened to be about protecting himself, it actually doesn’t fit into the category of a noble lie – but just a lie to cover-up his own involvement.

Fauci began the vaccine campaign stating that it would require 60% of the population to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. He consistently nudged up the percentage of people required to be vaccinated to achieve what he calls herd immunity. He started at 60%, then went to 70%, 85% , 90% and finally over 100% vaccinated with boosters. Long after it was clear that the virus would be endemic, he was still advocating for herd immunity to push for vaccines, vaccines for children and vaccines mandates.

As the concept of the Overton Window has become embedded in our political sphere and public discourse, the ability of governments to manipulate the Overton window has become normalized. The use of big tech, social media and MSM by governments to control the Overton window is now a standard pattern of behavior. The Trusted News Initiative is just one example of this. The use of the social media, MSM, government officials and think tanks by NIH to smear epidemiologists who do not share the same set of public policy viewpoints is another.

By use of limiting what is acceptable speech on COVID-19, authoritarianism in the form of vaccine mandates, lock-downs and mask use have come to dominate governmental responses throughout the world. And the USG public health has normalized propaganda as a tool for enforcing their policy decisions on American and the world.

Omicron is the disruptive event that has expanded the Overton window

The new variant of COVID-19, Omicron, has exploded onto the scene. This variant is different in five essential ways:

More infectious and will soon be the dominant variant in the USA
Less pathogenic
Poorly matched to currently available vaccines
Natural immunity is providing good protection against Omicron
Disease symptoms are more similar to the common cold
As some governments are now touting a 3rd, 4th or even 5th booster as mandatory, various groups, influencers and even the WHO to some extent – including main stream media outlets- are beginning to question the whole public policy response in the face of the emerging data about Omicron.

Suddenly, some of the data exposing that these vaccines are not as safe and effective as once thought are showing up on places like twitter and linked-in and the posts aren’t being removed (ergo, overtly censored). The WHO is questioning the need for universal vaccination and boosters, even suggesting the boosters may “prolong” COVID. Even some main stream media outlets, such as Real Clear Politics are promoting articles that are outside of the BBC-led “Trusted News Initiative” narrative.

In the meantime, President Biden is working hard to limit the what the public believes by promoting the meme that the unvaccinated will face a “winter of severe illness and death.” Unfortunately for him, he forgot to follow the “Overton Golden Rule” – politicians can only detect the Overton window, and cannot act to contract or expand it. So in this case, public response to his pronouncement about a winter of severe illness and death was met with derision by many.

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 3:57 pm

Just two weeks to flatten the curve guys.

Just two weeks until your next booster guys.

Just two more years and the fabric of society is destroyed guys.

Just a while longer guys and we can get rid of Christmas which these bigots love so much.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 4:06 pm

Frank:

There was a time when people emigrating from Europe post war with fishy backstories were considered likely to be Nazis.

I remember that – especially if they came from the Greek/Italian/Yogoslav area.
Curious, n’est pas?

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 24, 2021 4:12 pm

Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (TAIHS)

Reckon even he will meet his match with this one. That mob have had a history of impropriety with money that goes back decades that others with better people than Hagan that have tried to blow open. Two families involved and they run the lot, even multiple State Governments have shied away from digging into the murky finances there. Can’t find any reference to earlier probes but I know of another one that was quietly dropped during the Beattie era when mobs started getting restless. It is a mess has been for over 20 years and if it was receiving no public money I wouldn’t give 2 hoots but it receives substantial public monies.

Latest iteration prior to Hagan not paywalled. No surprise again investigation dropped:

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/no-charges-three-year-taihs-probe-dropped/news-story/89a3f1cda1fc2cf75c08cc2434748e92

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 4:15 pm

Not many Nazis in Southern Europe, plenty of rogues.
If they were from Central Europe then there was the suspicion that they might have been Kapos.

Pogria
Pogria
December 24, 2021 4:15 pm

The great thing is every 3 to 4 months, everyone has the chance to be redeemed and join the forces of Light and Purity!

Razey,
the powers that be see themselves with us in this colourful situation.

Whereas our reality is now beginning to resemble this.

Look at the Gunners’ eyes and tell me I’m wrong.

Frank
Frank
December 24, 2021 4:20 pm

Look at the Gunners’ eyes and tell me I’m wrong.

What happened to Tailgunner?

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 4:23 pm

Not many Nazis in Southern Europe, plenty of rogues.

Oh, Grigory…

From the following wiki entry:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffen-SS_foreign_volunteers_and_conscripts

Albania
Total: 6,500 to 8,000[35]

21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg[36] 7,000[37][e]
Police Self-Defense Regiment Sandschak[39][f]

Croatia
German-Croatian SS Police and Gendarmerie[45][i]
13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)[48][j]
23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama (2nd Croatian)[48][k]
7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen[54][l]
IX Waffen Mountain Corps of the SS (Croatian)[57][m]

Serbia
Serbian Volunteer Corps (absorbed in 1944)[79][u]

And let’s not forget the formation of Arabs the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem funded as well…

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 4:30 pm

Given the shifting boundaries of eastern Europe I doubt claiming to be Polish rather than ‘ethnic’ Ukrainian is sinister.
Leo was apparently in a forced labour camp along with many thousands of other young Poles.
Nothing unusual there. Nor in marrying someone who was probably also in a forced labour camp and having a baby while waiting to be resettled.
As for Henry being born in Greece, perhaps you should contact the Queensland parliamentary website and tell them to fix that egregious error.

Polish Ukrainian

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 4:30 pm

Mater:

You can play direct or download MP3s from the RH sidebar.

Good stuff. Ta.
Shall I cancel the Zombie Reindeer, or will you take a raincheck?

Frank
Frank
December 24, 2021 4:30 pm

Winston Smith says:
December 24, 2021 at 4:06 pm

It would be fun to try and get her to deny it.

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 4:36 pm

Shall I cancel the Zombie Reindeer

have some fun

fly ’em over Arky’s

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 4:37 pm

‘Ed Case (Grigory, Septimius, robbiemac, etc) is addicted to that sweet, sweet Rake.

Known on the street as “The Hoe’s Sistah”, it is known to molecular engineers (chemists) as dimethyl-2-tryppingballsamine.

Medically, for a long time it was called Jenkem and could only be obtained through black market back channels to the slums of Lagos where wastewater treatment workers of that city lived.

Rake can be insuffilated, inhaled, injected, smoked, ingested or by rectal suppository. Rectal supposition gives the “best” “high” and users report long term use imparts paraphilias such as obsessiveness, oppositional defiant disorder, compulsive lying and having an unconcealable tick where the afflicted shins natural light and compulsively says in the third person, “my precious!”.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 4:40 pm

MatrixTransformsays:
December 24, 2021 at 4:36 pm
Shall I cancel the Zombie Reindeer

have some fun

fly ’em over Arky’s

They’ll be safe. Have it on good authority he’s a passing shot. Not like me.

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 4:41 pm

taken by, shuns, etc…

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 4:42 pm

Rectal supposition gives the “best” “high”

Which end inserted first gives the best high?

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 4:43 pm

Given the shifting boundaries of eastern Europe I doubt claiming to be Polish rather than ‘ethnic’ Ukrainian is sinister.

No one claims it is sinister, though Roger and 1 or 2 others did cast some shade over it.

Leo was apparently in a forced labour camp along with many thousands of other young Poles.

Who is Leo?

Nothing unusual there. Nor in marrying someone who was probably also in a forced labour camp and having a baby while waiting to be resettled.

You’re making a lot of unfounded assumptions there.
There weren’t any forced labor camps after May 1945, Heinrich was born 12/01/1947.
In Greece, to Polish parents according to the NSW Parliamentary Research Service, research done while Heinrich was still an MLA in Queensland.
As I pointed out earlier, identifying his parents as Polish doesn’t mean they lived in Poland at any time.
My guess is that they were Polish, from Ruthenia and they fled the Red Army advance.
Traveling thru the Balkans into Greece makes sense, if you can speak Polish you can speak the language of the Slavs.

johanna
johanna
December 24, 2021 4:46 pm

Grrr.

I just flicked through the FTA teev guide and found something called “2021 Mayor’s Christmas Carols.” On closer examination, this turned out to be an event sponsored by the Gold Coast council.

So now even a Christmas carol event is something given to us grateful plebs by some jumped-up politician, using our money?

Since when did the Mayor of the Gold Coast (of whom I have never heard) own Christmas carols? If they had called it “Christmas Carols from the Gold Coast” or similar, that would be fine. But this trend of politicians attaching their worthless names to public (and publicly funded) events is very bad news, and they deserve a collective kick in the nads for it.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 4:46 pm

Give both ends a burl, GreyRanga.
Let us know which end you prefer.

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 4:49 pm

Ed giving advice on Jenkem.

You have officially peaked, Grig/Ed.

twostix
twostix
December 24, 2021 4:51 pm

Came back to Sydney yesterday for Xmas with the family….

It’s the cities Vicki. Don’t go. All sensible people are fleeing as far away as possible and, as you see, increasingly unable to go back even for a visit the people’s mental state is deteriorating so rapidly and the gulf widening so far.

Gab
Gab
December 24, 2021 4:51 pm
Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 4:51 pm

Bruce O’Newk:

Whereas the overreaction to the so-called opioid crisis has lead to millions of people suffering silently in agony because GPs are shit-scared to prescribe meaningful pain relief.

I used to be able to do a bit of gardening and mow my own lawn. Walk to the shops (OK, the pub) about 5k all up.
But now I can’t – for my own good.
I’m really, really, REALLY bloody cranky about this.
In fact, I’m cranky enough to look for alternatives.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 4:54 pm

Of course, just because the name Palaszczuk doesn’t show up on the list of Central European Nobility doesn’t mean that Annastacia and Heinrich aren’t from a Noble lineage.
Henry’s dad may have borrowed the Palaszczuk name from someone else.
Pretty fluid situation in 1945-1947 in Central Europe and there was a Civil War in Greece..

Rabz
December 24, 2021 4:56 pm

Of course, just because the name Palaszczuk doesn’t show up on the list of Central European Nobility doesn’t mean that Annastacia and Heinrich aren’t from a Noble lineage.

Oh, FFS. 🙁

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 4:56 pm

In 1947 there were tens of thousands of people in displaced persons camps.
Hipoliti Palaszczuk adopted his nickname of Leo, I thought you were the expert.
And I found a Polish language blog that thought the name was Ukrainian.
Their story sounds that of tens of thousands of post war migrants from Eastern Europe.
Henry’s wiki pages says Germany, not Greece.
If you are that keen track through ancestory and see where and he boarded the migrant board to Australia.
Not that many Hipoloti Palaszczuks and Ludwiga Bobas.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 24, 2021 4:57 pm

Perth looks like five days straight over extended Christmas public holidays where night-time temps don’t fall below 20*C.
Expect plenty o’boozy stabbings and punch-ups clogging up the EDs.

Lysander
Lysander
December 24, 2021 4:57 pm

Great link Gab, love this bit:

In 2014, in a rush of blood to the head, I offered a cheeky bet, first on Twitter and then in an article for the ABC: I will eat a page out of my Bible if someone can find a full Professor of Ancient History, Classics, or New Testament in any real university in the world who argues that Jesus never lived.

Happy CHRISTmas everyone. See you the flipside (aka “2022”) all being well. 🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 4:59 pm

Daily Mail. At least she didn’t confuse the pepper spray with her service pistol…

Moment Kings Cross cop turns the tables on a bumbag wearing dad who was filming her – firing back with pepper spray and a brutal takedown

Angry dad confronted two police officers to claim one swore in front of his kids
The furious father took pictures of one of the officers before following her
As she walked off, he kept photographing her until she pulled out pepper spray
She snapped: ‘Get out of my f***ing face’ as she unleashed a spray in his face
Do you know more? Contact: [email protected]

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 5:01 pm

As a matter of fact, I’d be surprised if the Palaszczuks didn’t originate from some very smart people.
Henry came from nowhere into the Queensland Parliament, he was a long serving Minister and his daughter looks like she’ll be there forever.
Hanging on to Power isn’t easy in Qld, before A.P. won in 2015 there had been 7 Premiers in 28 years, and Beattie had served 9 of those years.

Ivan Denisovich
Ivan Denisovich
December 24, 2021 5:03 pm

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/john-dickson-why-historians-dont-doubt-jesus-existed/13687464

A very happy Christmas to all.

And from me also. Gab, you might find this interesting :

As Christmas approaches, debate often arises over when exactly Jesus was born. Did the Nativity really happen during winter in Bethlehem just over 2,020 years ago? Recent research by a group of Italian researchers suggests that it did.

Liberato De Caro, Ph.D., of the Institute of Crystallography of the National Research Council in Bari, Italy, who led the research, proposes that the date of Jesus’ birth can be ascertained through an understanding of the Jewish pilgrimages that took place at that time, and how their connections with Mary’s visit to Elizabeth — and Mary’s reaction to Elizabeth expecting John the Baptist, and the death of Herod the Great — point to the date of Jesus’ birth taking place in December 1 BC.

RTWT

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/liberato-de-caro-nativity

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 5:06 pm

The girls and kids are out shopping, the boys are playing golf. A lull in kitchen duties means a G&T in hand and feet up.

I love Christmas!

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 5:07 pm

The “Band Aid” and “How It Ends” director accused Noth of being “consistently sexually inappropriate” with a fellow female producer at a New York nightclub he owned and where Lister-Jones also worked when she was in her 20s.

From the LA Times.

He was also drunk on set and made some awkward passes.

What’s he actually being accused of? Nothing?

Arik Baldrin shoots two people and walks!??

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 5:08 pm

Henry’s wiki pages says Germany, not Greece.

At some point while he was still in the Queensland Parliament, it was Born in Greece, to Polish parents.
Now, those Polish parents may have been new arrivals, they may have been there for Generations.
One thing for sure:
The Red Army were in Berlin in 1945, Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland, not being generously put on a cruise to Australia.

Ivan Denisovich
Ivan Denisovich
December 24, 2021 5:08 pm

Let’s try that again.

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/john-dickson-why-historians-dont-doubt-jesus-existed/13687464

A very happy Christmas to all.

And from me also. Gab, you might find this interesting:

As Christmas approaches, debate often arises over when exactly Jesus was born. Did the Nativity really happen during winter in Bethlehem just over 2,020 years ago? Recent research by a group of Italian researchers suggests that it did.

Liberato De Caro, Ph.D., of the Institute of Crystallography of the National Research Council in Bari, Italy, who led the research, proposes that the date of Jesus’ birth can be ascertained through an understanding of the Jewish pilgrimages that took place at that time, and how their connections with Mary’s visit to Elizabeth — and Mary’s reaction to Elizabeth expecting John the Baptist, and the death of Herod the Great — point to the date of Jesus’ birth taking place in December 1 BC.

RTWT

https://www.ncregister.com/blog/liberato-de-caro-nativity

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
December 24, 2021 5:09 pm

Was just about to post on the John Dixon piece on the historical existence of Jesus

https://www.abc.net.au/religion/john-dickson-why-historians-dont-doubt-jesus-existed/13687464

when I saw that Gab beat me to it.

This wouldn’t have passed the censors in ABC news and current affairs, but the religion and ethics department is one of the few bits ot eh ABC these days that occasionally rises above the level of the Year 9C Marxism collective at Bullamakanka High School. I suppose that’s why Scott slashed it by 40% in response to Abbott’s 5% budget cut. Classic FM and its bourgeois deviationists got 25%, and is working to justify the cut retrospectively in the eyes of the politburo by giving us lots of Christmas music.

Merry Christmas to one and all!

Merry Christmas to one and all.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 5:14 pm

The “Band Aid” and “How It Ends” director accused Noth of being “consistently sexually inappropriate” with a fellow female producer at a New York nightclub

Dot:
“consistently Sexually inapproprite, translated into Dot/Speak, means:
He is a total sleaze, over a long period.
He’s clearly a difficult person, and Management often manage “difficult people” by pretending that nothing is wrong.
Capisce?

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:14 pm

All The Beatles’ songs ranked by the NME.

Gee, thanks, Rog. You’ve just put that there to keep me off the blogue tonight. 😕

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 5:18 pm

Thousands of people are convicted of sexual crimes yearly.

A good case doesn’t need PR and fiends in the media.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:18 pm

Hey Jude … gives me the irrits

My favourite songs of theirs invariably don’t feature the McCartney in a prominent role.

Except when playing Wings tracks late on weekend nights with the express intention of giving poor ol’ Arks the irrits. 🙂

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 5:21 pm

Ed Casesays:
December 24, 2021 at 5:01 pm
As a matter of fact, I’d be surprised if the Palaszczuks didn’t originate from some very smart people.

What would surprise you could fill a warehouse.

Anyway, how cute, make sure to buy the fat communist slug a bouquet of flowers for being such a grate premier, ‘Ed.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:24 pm

the “viral blizzard”

Tucker recently essayed this staggering stupidity with his usual pinpoint accuracy.

I’d rather a “viral wizard” if it* freed us from this unrelenting soul destroying lunacy.

*No need to assume any pronouns here – it’s not that sort of blogue.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 5:26 pm

Expect plenty o’boozy stabbings and punch-ups clogging up the EDs.

Something about the season of peace on Earth to men of goodwill…

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 5:28 pm

Rabz

It’s quite persuasive in what it congers and is very deliberate. It’s meant to cause panic as well as move people to the vax.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 5:30 pm

Rex Anger:

Not many Nazis in Southern Europe, plenty of rogues.

Oh, Grigory…

I was going to answer, but really couldn’t be bothered…

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:30 pm

“consistently Sexually inapproprite*, translated into Dot/Speak, means:
He is a total sleaze, loved long time.

Ed, do you ever tire of being a figurative Piñata?

*Not mine, for a change …

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 5:31 pm

Ed, It’s Xmas Eve. Shut up and stop annoying people.

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 24, 2021 5:32 pm

JC says:
December 24, 2021 at 1:06 pm

A lot of people here blame the governments about the mess we’re in with regard to the vax.

I don’t think it’s really about the vax, the western world governments are really focussed on the passports. It’s that Agenda 2030 they are pushing, everyone must have their own personal QR code for everyday activities, and the best way to implement that is to get everyone using a vaxx passport and build on that (banking, driver’s licence, etc.)

People who hold out on getting the vax are throwing a spanner into their great plan.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:32 pm

It’s quite persuasive in what it conjures and is very deliberate

JC – they’re now reduced to “two word slogans”.

No prizes for guessing what the one word one will be.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 5:33 pm

Feliz Navidad everyone.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 24, 2021 5:33 pm

All The Beatles’ songs ranked by the NME.

Obviously that was never going to be a controversial exercise. But anyone putting Tomorrow Never Knows at the top of the catalogue is clearly taking the piss.

And Blackbird and While My Guitar Gently Weeps ahead of Eleanor Rigby?
Fuck off.

Zipster
Zipster
December 24, 2021 5:34 pm

The Australian Protocol

Dr. John Campbell

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 24, 2021 5:35 pm

Boeing and Airbus want to delay the rollout of 5G, you would have thought that air-traffic control issues and mobile comms would have sorted out their frequencies at a much earlier time.

Boeing and Airbus executives urge the Biden administration to postpone 5G rollout because the wireless service could disrupt aircraft electronics and lead to 350,000 delays each year

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 5:40 pm

I have the feeling Maria is back, and papi van retire from “math” lecherin’

Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:41 pm

Tomorrow Never Knows

Faustus, funnily enough, it is quite possibly my most beloved Beatles track, man.

Along with the Taxman*.

Revolver strikes again.

*Unrepentantly pillaged by Paul Wallee and the Yams in 1980.

Bons
December 24, 2021 5:42 pm

Yes, a very warm Merry Christmas all.
But, please recall the sage advice of Flossy the hippy mayor of Siney and do not allow your Christian celebrations to cause offense to ………
No, fuck that, deck the halls, scream the carrols, refuse to say “holidays”, exert your birthright to an extreme.
Enjoy gentle people.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 5:42 pm

Ed Casesays:
December 24, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Give both ends a burl, GreyRanga.
Let us know which end you prefer.

Not my style, I imagine you like it sideways.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 5:44 pm

Weso?ych ?wi?t Beaugy, and everyone else of course.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:44 pm

Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

Back, baybee, back! 🙂

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 5:45 pm

Whoops, that didn’t work. It was meant to be Polish.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 5:47 pm

No prizes for second, GreyRanga, if you wanta run with the foxes and hunt with the hounds, you’ve gotta expec’ to “feel the tines” every once in a while.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 5:48 pm

Michael Smith News…

Great work from Medford Police, Oregon, USA. Stuff the crook’s privacy!!!!
Friday, 24 December 2021

Screen Shot 2021-12-24 at 11.11.41 am
Medford Police

Dear Mr. Giovanni Solis,

We realize holiday shopping is stressful, and it appears you have several to shop for when you grabbed 8 pairs of Juicy Couture sweatpants from JC Penny.

But here is the problem, you forgot to pay for them! Employees tried to tell you but you must of got confused and took off running.

In all the commotion you dropped your phone, you big goof. So we have that if you’d like to swing on by the department, and get this cleared up! It looks like your phone has a lot of information you probably need as you seem to be very active in selling property online.

Oh and be sure not to sell those sweatpants, or that could land you in more trouble (selling stolen property and all).

Case 21-20610. Hope to hear from you soon!

Merry Christmas.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:51 pm

Err, peoples, every know and then Paul Wallee did get it right.

Stanley Road is a flawless epic. Hard to believe it was released in 1996.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:52 pm

It was meant to be Polish.

Bluddee hell, I was worried you’d had a seizure, Squire. 🙂

Rabz
December 24, 2021 5:54 pm

Oh, blah – 1995.

Frank
Frank
December 24, 2021 5:56 pm

Anyway, how cute, make sure to buy the fat communist slug a bouquet of flowers for being such a grate premier, ‘Ed.

Doesn’t she.
Badoom tish and… sorry.

Delta A
Delta A
December 24, 2021 5:57 pm

Presents wrapped. Cooking finished.

We have cold platters on Christmas Day, having enjoyed last week a traditional feast with immediate family + 1. Tomorrow’s feasters will include nephews and family, Granddaughter’s in-laws to be, one ‘orphan’ and the +1 again, with his ex*.

I used to be the Christmas matriarch, organising all the menus, invitations, cooking and the big day itself. With my circumstances changed, my daughter has stepped into that role. She loves Christmas as much as I do and keeps the traditions alive. I still cook, contributing this year nine dishes (plus Best Man’s baked hams). But she is Mrs Christmas now, and I’m very proud of her.

Hope all Cats have a wonderful day tomorrow. I will take a moment during the festivities to think of those Cats who will be spending Christmas Day by themselves, and send them special thoughts and a virtual Chrissy kiss.

*I know, right?

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 5:57 pm

Buon Natale
Joyeux Noël
And
Feliz Navidad

Vicki Sanderson
December 24, 2021 6:06 pm

People who hold out on getting the vax are throwing a spanner into their great plan.

And don’t we love it???? Only some can do it because of fortunate circumstances and bloodymindedness. Stuff the “their great plan.”

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 24, 2021 6:09 pm

Faustus, funnily enough, it is quite possibly my most beloved Beatles track, man.

That, right there, is the power of the Beatles.

Nobody would dare admit to strong feelings about anything in Wham’s back catalogue.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
December 24, 2021 6:11 pm

May peace, joy and love be yours at Christmas and may 2022 be a Happy New Year – hope springs eternal.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:12 pm

Uh oh, looks like I’m in trouble

Vicki Sanderson
December 24, 2021 6:13 pm

I wish all Cats and their precious ones a loving & peaceful Christmas. Thank you all for your funny and and insightful observations over the past year. You make a real difference in all our lives.

Ellen of Tasmania
Ellen of Tasmania
December 24, 2021 6:16 pm

It’s the cities Vicki. Don’t go. All sensible people are fleeing as far away as possible

People are certainly keen to buy down here. We have some young friends who are looking to buy their first home and they looked at one that sold for 160K over the asking price. Our neighbour put one of his homes on the market at the start of the week and had four offers in the first couple of days and sold way over asking price. At least two of the offers were from Sydney people. The real estate agent said homes are selling sight unseen. Nice Christmas for them, I guess.

I suspect there are people who don’t want to spend another winter in a city lockdown.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:18 pm

Shabbey Road – the most underrated Beatles album. The second side is a tour de force.

In a Parisian mood, Paul tries out some schoolboy French to woo a continental bohemian lass

Sacré bleu, mademoiselle! 😕

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:31 pm

Dear Prudence

The original version – the sparseness. The second, the lushness …

lotocoti
lotocoti
December 24, 2021 6:31 pm

The Beatles fillum everyone prefers to forget.
Although the soundtrack was memorable.
Mostly.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 24, 2021 6:37 pm

The Red Army were in Berlin in 1945, Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland, not being generously put on a cruise to Australia.

Mr Ed rams a full Bunnings of rakes up his ample backside.

Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years. Many others remained in western nations rather than return to Communist ruled Poland after the war.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:38 pm

Dear sir or madam

Paul, again.

Whoever put together the film clip deserves an Oscar.

Not a Fender to be seen, unsurprisingly.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 6:42 pm

Tomorrow Never Knows

Faustus, funnily enough, it is quite possibly my most beloved Beatles track, man.

Yeah nah. It reminds my of the Velvet Underground at their worst.

Tom
Tom
December 24, 2021 6:44 pm

Feliz Navidad everyone.

Beaugy, voluntarily reliquishing an endless supply of gorgeous young whores in Cuba was you greatest mistake.

Learning the Christmas salutation in English would be worth an extra truckload of chick-magnetism, I reckon. But you knew that.

P
P
December 24, 2021 6:44 pm

DrBeauGan says:
December 24, 2021 at 5:33 pm

Feliz Navidad everyone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8NcQzMQN_U

EvilElvis
EvilElvis
December 24, 2021 6:45 pm

Give both ends a burl

There’s not much love to be had for Ed on this forum. But, two points for the above Ocker usage of ‘burl’.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:48 pm
custard
custard
December 24, 2021 6:48 pm

Hillary Clinton had a meeting with Kamala at the WH last month. per NYT

https://twitter.com/jackposobiec/status/1474267656496767005?s=21

The fix is in.

Bluey
Bluey
December 24, 2021 6:49 pm

Boambee Johnsays:
December 24, 2021 at 6:37 pm
The Red Army were in Berlin in 1945, Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland, not being generously put on a cruise to Australia.

Mr Ed rams a full Bunnings of rakes up his ample backside.

Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years. Many others remained in western nations rather than return to Communist ruled Poland after the war.

I understand many of the workers on the snowy hydro scheme were Polish who’d moved here for that reason. I note that unlike the Italians and Greeks, mostly they only really maybe kept the last name, not the “I’m Greek” or “I’m Italian” despite being the third generation born here.

lotocoti
lotocoti
December 24, 2021 6:53 pm

Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland

The Lublin Poles turning London Poles into land fill is another way of putting it.

custard
custard
December 24, 2021 6:53 pm

Is this how it’s going to play out?

Hillary just told Kamala that (Democrat appointed) Supreme Court judge has agreed to step down, job for life for you! Accepted.

Hillary becomes VP

Soon after Biden 25th

Hillary becomes POTUS.

Nancy becomes VP.

My Christmas conspiracy theory.

You’re welcome.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 6:54 pm

“Public Health Orders Are NOT Laws” – California School District DEFIES Newsom, Announces They Will Simply Not Enforce Vaccine Mandate on Students or Staff.
Of course the State Bureaucracy is threatening them funding cuts.
Welcome to the Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy, 2022.

Pogria
Pogria
December 24, 2021 6:55 pm

Buon Natale every one!

Have a Joyous and safe Christmas. Looking forward to all the adventures and tales of derring do.

No holding back!

Digger
Digger
December 24, 2021 6:55 pm

Anyone here shot a hole in someone else’s tent?

No?

Carry on.

I shot a hole through the passenger door in my own vehicle from the inside while traveling from Da Nang to Cua Viet (near the DMZ) 51 years ago this week…

Does that count?

Rabz
December 24, 2021 6:56 pm

It reminds me of the Velvet Underground at their worst

Bluddee hell, jupes, I’m not having it, I tells ya. The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

Many, many tributes to the self indulgent collectivists they were inspired by. (e.g. John Cage)

Although, if it’s any consolation, I could envision the Beaugy firing up a cheeroot* and joyously soaking up 4′ 33″ (a magnificent rendition here by Karl’s nephew).

*As opposed to a stogey.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 6:58 pm

Thanks, evil.
Big fan of The Monkees here, Beatles, not so much.
Anyway, Mike Nesmith died the other day he was the jerk that broke up the band.
His mother invented Liquid Paper in the Thirties, later sold out to DuPont for $50 million
Only child, didn’t GAF, wrote Different Drum.
More here: https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/
Joan Didion also died yesterday, first
time I ever read the word Ineffable in a book.
One of her favorite words, she used it a lot.
Also [maybe] coined the phrase the banality of evil.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 6:59 pm

Special Prosecutor: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Lied To The Public In Smollett Case
The Curse of the Smollett Noose & Bleach Affair continues to gather victims…

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 7:00 pm

Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

You have a nasty suspicious mind, dot. And in this case it’s completely unjustified, I’ve had no contact with Maria for years now. She’s just part of my delinquent past.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:01 pm

About the most sensible thing John Lenin ever uttered and funnily enough, during his most incoherent period:

“Because, when you go around carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t going to make it with anyone, anyhow …”

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 7:01 pm

Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

But I do communicate regularly with the lady who sends me cigars from Cuba. En Espagnol.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 7:05 pm

Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years.

Okay.
They were Poles from Ruthenia, in other words.
Which ties in with my conjecture that the Palaszczuks are descended from Ruthenian Poles.
Which could indicate Nobility.
Smart people descend from other smart people, not from serfs living in a hole in the ground.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:06 pm

Reimagined for our utterly insane times:

“Because, when you go around screeching incessantly on twatter about Chairman Dan, you ain’t going to make it with anyone, man …”

Trigger warning: Irredeemable imbeciles

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 7:11 pm

I will have no sympathy freezing Londoners start setting fire to Greenies.

Britain facing ‘national energy crisis’: Warning bills could skyrocket by more than FIFTY PER CENT to £2,000 in spring as gas prices hit record £4.50 per therm and Tories accuse Putin of holding Europe to ransom

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 24, 2021 7:14 pm

finger in the dyke
Sorry, its not that type of blog.

How else are you meant to do it?

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 24, 2021 7:14 pm

Mr Ed

Have you ever thought of writing four fiction in the form of a novel?

Then we could ignore all of it at once.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:16 pm

Torries accuse the Putin of holding Europe to ransom

Err, what’s that saying about those who are ignorant of history?

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 7:17 pm

In November, amid soaring energy prices and with winter on the horizon, the outlook for American consumers was bleak. The Biden administration chose not to sugarcoat it. The Energy Information Administration forecast that consumers would see year-over-year price hikes for propane, natural gas, and electricity by as much as 50 percent. “It will be more expensive this year than last year,” Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm warned.
Well, yes.
That was what was promised, and now it’s being delivered.
So what’s the problem, Democrat voters?

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:18 pm

Have you ever thought of writing fiction in the form of a novel?

BJ – stop indulging him. Nowadays, his outpourings would probably be best seller material.

Err – and Ed, if it’s any consolation, I do enjoy your comments. At least you’re trying.

Very, very trying.

Ellen of Tasmania
Ellen of Tasmania
December 24, 2021 7:21 pm

Ellen, I’m certainly looking to move down to Tassie in the next few years.

We would certainly welcome you down here, Dover.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:25 pm

Ah the good ol’ Oirish, joyously engaging in a bit of Eccy Thoomp and fish style imbibing of alcoholic beverages wherever across this planet they may just happen to blunder … 🙂

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 24, 2021 7:25 pm

Ed Casesays:
December 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm
Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years.

Okay.
They were Poles from Ruthenia, in other words.
Which ties in with my conjecture that the Palaszczuks are descended from Ruthenian Poles.
Which could indicate Nobility.
Smart people descend from other smart people, not from serfs living in a hole in the ground.

Creative fiction writing is obviously your forte. Factual, well researched, information, not so much.

PS, many members of the Polish forces who served in Italy and NW Europe also remained in the west after the war. The NKVD “assessed” all returnees who fought alongside western forces for “reliability”. Off to the Gulag, political unreliables!

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 7:27 pm

The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

My point about Tomorrow Never Knows. Anyhoo, dunno about the Beatles, but apparently George Martin loved The Velvet Underground and Nico (the banana album).

IMHO that list was shit. It had Get Back in the 100s FFS.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:27 pm

The Granholm slag is just another fucking lawyer. These parasites are totally disconnected for physical and engineering reality as well as the cost of keeping warm and getting to work.

John H.
John H.
December 24, 2021 7:28 pm

Chicken farmers turn to medicinal cannabis, list Mountain View property

They should have kept the chickens, made the feed cannabis rich, which will give the chooks the munchies so creating a new brand of fat high times chooks that leave you feeling great and coming back for more.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 24, 2021 7:28 pm

Mr Ed

PS, the Carpathian Brigade also included some Czechs. Clearly Polish nobility! I met one late last century.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 7:32 pm

J-6 Attorney Releases Video of Capitol Police Pummeling Female Trump Supporter Victoria White in Tunnel Area — Beating Her with Batons, Punching Her in Face, Then They Paraded Her Through Capitol (VIDEO)

She is hit approximately thirty- five times over the course of 4 minutes and 30 seconds, while appearing to be begging for mercy the entire time. She is hit with the baton while facing away. She is hit with the baton while facing forward. She is speared and poked with the baton about the face so as to inflict maximum pain. She collapses more than once and is stood up by the officers only to be maced and beaten again. At some point, White-shirt puts away his baton, not because he is showing mercy because he has a clear avenue to her face. As such, he unloads on the defenseless woman punching her five times in five seconds, directly in the face, with all of his might.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 24, 2021 7:32 pm

Perth looks like five days straight over extended Christmas public holidays where night-time temps don’t fall below 20*C.
Expect plenty o’boozy stabbings and punch-ups clogging up the EDs.

One time Perth had a run like that we almost ran out of gas because they couldn’t pump enough into the DNNGP overnight to get it down to Perth. Long time ago -don’t know what work they have done in the meantime.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:34 pm

USSR 1917-1920 USA 2020-2021- what’s the difference?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 7:35 pm

Smart people descend from other smart people

Ed. That is no way to speak about your ancestors. Implying they were thick as pig shit.

And at Christmas. For shame.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:35 pm

Wonderful – spot the stereotypes, pisstakes and monotypes.

Back when Victorians had some credibility.

Sad to see only two goils. Presumably all the others refused to give up their Saturday morning promenading time in the CBD.

BTW, I reckon this song has inspired not one, but two recent releases, as played currently on chiple j.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 7:37 pm

I will have no sympathy freezing Londoners start setting fire to Greenies.

Britain facing ‘national energy crisis’: Warning bills could skyrocket by more than FIFTY PER CENT to £2,000 in spring as gas prices hit record £4.50 per therm and Tories accuse Putin of holding Europe to ransom

How did they get to the point where they are reliant on Russian energy? Utter madness.

Globalism is evil.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:38 pm

that list was shit. It had Get Back in the 100s FFS

Very correctly, my friend.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:39 pm

Globalism is evil.

it sure is- we’re getting to the stage here where we can’t make our own petrol, diesel and jetfuel.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:41 pm

Frightening to think that the decaying mafia princess has her own goon squad.

Fat Tony
Fat Tony
December 24, 2021 7:43 pm

Rabz says:
December 24, 2021 at 7:18 pm
Have you ever thought of writing fiction in the form of a novel?
BJ – stop indulging him. Nowadays, his outpourings would probably be best seller material.
Err – and Ed, if it’s any consolation, I do enjoy your comments. At least you’re trying.
Very, very trying.

And Ed will be a great wit one day – he’s half way there already…

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 7:43 pm

Jupes

It’s not globalization. Dig a little deeper and I bet you’ll find green turd policies either restricting the exploration of the North Sea or outright bans. Britain is supposedly awash in gas.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 7:44 pm

Very correctly, my friend.

Oh dear. Does the rooftop concert mean nothing? What is going on?

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 24, 2021 7:44 pm

Ed, you’ve done enough thinking for today. Take the rest of the day off. See you next year little buddy.

JC
JC
December 24, 2021 7:44 pm

To all my blog pals merry Xmas. Just heading out to a frog restaurant hoping to catch covid. 🙂

Roger
Roger
December 24, 2021 7:45 pm

The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

No doubt.

And the booking agents who got The Beatles their first Hamburg gigs were told not to send them again or “they’d spoil it for everybody”.

Happily, we measure musicians by their best, not their worst performances.

Unless you forked out full ticket price, I suppose.

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:45 pm

same to you JC

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 7:46 pm

Most of us stopped hearing about the Waukesha massacre after the national media found out the circumstances under which the perpetrator committed his heinous murders. The residents of Milwaukee County have made sure that Governor Tony Evers hasn’t stopped hearing about it, though. In a formal petition, citizens outraged over the ridiculously low bail set for Darrell Brooks in a previous vehicular assault want Evers to fire DA John Chisolm over bail policies he implemented.
The district attorney whose office let out Waukesha parade killer Darrell Brooks on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago previously admitted he knew his laxed bail policies would lead to killers being set free and murdering others, saying flippantly in a 2007 interview: ‘You bet, it’s guaranteed to happen.’

Fat Tony
Fat Tony
December 24, 2021 7:47 pm

John H. says:
December 24, 2021 at 7:28 pm

John H – thanks for dumbing down your medical posts – I really appreciate it and I’m sure others here do as well.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New year to you & yours.

Cassie of Sydney
December 24, 2021 7:52 pm

Merry Christmas to all my fellow Cats. Take are and enjoy spending time with family and friends and eating good food and drinking good alcohol.

John H.
John H.
December 24, 2021 7:53 pm

Have a great Christmas and wonderful New Year everybody. On this Xmas eve I have to decide between watching some movies or finally getting around to playing Borderlands or Project Wingman or Frostpunk.

Cassie of Sydney
December 24, 2021 7:53 pm

“Take are”

Take care.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 7:54 pm

Does the rooftop concert mean nothing?

Sacré bleu, jupes – I haven’t yet managed to watch Jacko’s 37 hour schlockumentary on it.

I’ll get back* to you once I have. 🙂

*ptp

Fat Tony
Fat Tony
December 24, 2021 7:54 pm

miltonf says:
December 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm
Globalism is evil.

it sure is- we’re getting to the stage here where we can’t make our own petrol, diesel and jetfuel.

Deliberate – makes it easy to punish naughty countries.

Roger
Roger
December 24, 2021 7:56 pm

Does the rooftop concert mean nothing?

The last public performance of The Beatles?

Wash your mouth out!

Billy Preston alone was worth the price of admission.

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 7:57 pm

Clive Palmer advertising through the Melb Christmas carols on telly

LoL

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 7:59 pm

YES Merry Christmas to all. Have to work tonight 🙁

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 8:00 pm

You have a nasty and suspicious mind…

That’s it then.

…cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans.

…no more merciful beheadings.

…and call off Christmas!

Roger
Roger
December 24, 2021 8:00 pm

Merry Christmas, milton.

Somebody has to keep the country running.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:01 pm

playing Borderlands or Project Wingman or Frostpunk

I’ve been indulging in the odd bit of Halo Infinite – when one needs to slay many, many extra terrestrial fascist imbeciles (while pretending they’re our beloved ozzie politicians, braindead bureaucrats and meeja muppets). For which I make no apology, I tells ya.

Just one complaint – the latest version of Cortana is seriously annoying. They’ve deliberately turned down her figure while turning up the housewife screechiness.

It isn’t right, is it? 🙁

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 24, 2021 8:03 pm

…cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans.

What have the lepers and orphans ever done for us?

Roger
Roger
December 24, 2021 8:04 pm

Merry Christmas, cassie, JC, John H., twostix, arky, calli, rosie, BoN & everyone, and especially our host dover and his family.

Even Ed.

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 8:04 pm

MiltonF:

USSR 1917-1920 USA 2020-2021- what’s the difference?

That’d be the uniforms, Milton.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 8:05 pm

‘n Geseënde Kersfees aan almal op die Kat!

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:08 pm

Quick, someone call an ambulance for ZK2A – he’s clearly struggling!

Winston Smith
December 24, 2021 8:08 pm

It’s not globalization. Dig a little deeper and I bet you’ll find green turd policies either restricting the exploration of the North Sea or outright bans. Britain is supposedly awash in gas.

Exactly.
Throw another Green on the fire.

cohenite
December 24, 2021 8:12 pm

$5 mill + will get you this pile at Kingscliff. It’s a beauty:

https://kingscliff.ljhooker.com.au/house-in-kingscliff-nsw-2487-au-17r6f69

miltonf
miltonf
December 24, 2021 8:13 pm

thanks Roger- really must dig up that Donald Horne article in Quadrant for you.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:17 pm

Bluddee hell – possibly about to lose my shit (again). Just get a load of this monstrous pretentious wrongness:

No 1: Tomorrow never knows – Revolver 1966

It’s possible to trace the origins of most modern music, bar rap, back to The Beatles catalogue. But ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ was perhaps their most influential track of all. In trying to recreate the sound in Lennon’s head of monks chanting in some cosmic mountain retreat, to accompany lines cribbed from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead intended to emulate a transcendental acid high, the band experimented with loops, sampling, drone and tape manipulation, creating not just the epitome of psychedelia and exposing pop audiences to anti-materialist Eastern ideas, but effectively inventing dance music.

Turn off your mind, relax, and you can hear The Chemical Brothers before The Chemical Brothers were even born…

Rock “critics” – the most inexcusable utterly useless self pleasurers to have existed in human history, with the possible exception of Ozzie greenfilth politicians.

I’ll now have to go and listen to some Miss Ellie at her most plaintive to try and regain some semblance of calm …

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 8:23 pm

Little wins, and baby steps. The Hun:

A West Australian police officer has won a Supreme Court injunction at least temporarily stopping him from being sacked for refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Senior Constable Ben Falconer has asked for a judicial review challenging the validity of health directions that require police officers to be fully vaccinated by December 31.

WA Supreme Court Justice Jeremy Allanson granted an injunction on Friday, which prevents Police Commissioner Chris Dawson from firing the officer until the case goes to a trial.

But Mr Dawson said the senior constable was still banned from attending police premises.

Of course he is. Hizzoner spake thusly:

In his judgment, Justice Allanson noted the officer was “pro-choice”.

“The applicant has decided that he does not ‘at this time’ want to be administered with a vaccine for Covid-19 and does not agree to be vaccinated, particularly in circumstances where it is mandated,” Justice Allanson said. “He does not claim entitlement to a medical exemption but described his position as ‘pro-choice’.

“I will grant an interlocutory injunction restraining the commissioner, until further order, from dismissing the applicant in reliance on the applicant’s failure to comply with the employer direction.”

Mid-January, the matter comes back to court. See what happens – but if it goes well for Mr Falconer, it will be a yuuuugley yuge cock-smack for every other employer of this type in the country.

And – I don’t know this – if this bloke’s the son of the ex-Chief Commissioner Bob Falconer, that’s a wet towel flick on the base of the nutsack as well.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:25 pm

exposing pop audiences to anti-materialist Eastern ideas

A fat lot of good that (allegedly) did.

Hypocrites. They just can’t help themselves.

Crossie
Crossie
December 24, 2021 8:28 pm

The Melbourne carols are rubbish, it’s seems to be a comedy routine and not a very good one.

custard
custard
December 24, 2021 8:30 pm

KD

Excellent post about Mr Falconer. Thank you.

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