Open Thread – Christmas 2021


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Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 5:28 pm

What’s that last one they’re saying, Indolent?

Consume moar product? 😉

#Yeah,Nah

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 5:33 pm

Defending a Coffe Shop against the Policve?
That’s arrant Fruitloopery.
Buy a stovetop expresso, a litre of cream and make your own No Carbs Lattes at home.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 5:35 pm

Can’t go to the pub?
Big deal, buy takeaways.
Non compliance ois the only wayn forward, don’t make yourself a target.

calli
calli
December 25, 2021 5:36 pm

Covfefe!

😀

P
P
December 25, 2021 5:39 pm

Tintarella di Lunasays:
December 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Nobody’s comments have impressed me more in the 7yrs I have been commenting on Catallaxy, than those of Tinta. Funny isn’t it how truth and light always shines through.
My best wishes to you and yours, Tinta at this time.
I have often prayed for you over the years and will continue to do so.
You are an unsung great of Catallaxy old and new.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 5:41 pm

Buy a stovetop expresso, a litre of cream and make your own No Carbs Lattes at home.

Grigs, you’re not a rebel by choice.

You’re a reclusive shut-in because the rest of the world finds your obsessions with gypsum, flensing knives and Mummy’s tanned pelt creepy…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 25, 2021 5:43 pm

Defending a Coffee Shop against the Police?

Depends on how good their donuts are.

All the cops in the donut shop say
Way-oh-way-oh, ooh-way-oh-way-oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian!

!

Never get between a cop and a donut.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 25, 2021 5:50 pm

Oops, slight blockquote error. Oh well, gives me an excuse to put up this story.

Egypt breakthrough as ‘man-made chamber’ found after scan below Great Sphinx (24 Dec)

Ooh, I hope there’s bling. Lots of bling. And cat mummies.
No cops though, unless they like really old donuts.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 5:51 pm

I’ve been playing in the old sandpit by myself.
Calli:

Just put the last very over tired and very over excited child to bed. Hopefully it’s now Silent Night. Cooked dinner for 10, tomorrow lunch for 14.
Big Santa now has a nice glass of scotch, some gingerbread and a chocolate. He appears to be quite content with the stopover, might stay a while. His elves are all enjoying a glass of Lodge Hill Shiraz.
Happy Christmas one and all.

Just think Calli, a Feminist would say you got the raw end of the deal – you did all the work and did it for free. You could have been managing a multinational corporation and had servants to do all this stuff. Curse that Glass Ceiling!
However, the rest of us know who got the best deal – the intangibles are priceless for a reason.
Merry Christmas to everyone, and may the WZV die a cold, lonely, and miserable death in the New Year.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 5:52 pm

Rickw:

Oops, WHO just left all Australian CHO’s and Politicians standing alone on Mong Island with COVID policies that not even they are dumb enough to support:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHk71KuOvGc
The ‘Great Scramble to Get Out of The Painted Corner’ picks up speed.
The term ‘sowing wind and reaping whirlwinds’ comes to mind.

John H.
John H.
December 25, 2021 5:52 pm

Researchers Have Discovered an Exercise “Sweet Spot” To Reverse Cognitive Decline

In mice! The title is clickbait but the study highlights how important exercise is in generating growth hormone which in turn kicks up the production of new neurons in the major area of the human brain where that occurs. That region is often be where Alzheimer’s first becomes manifest and for all the hype about this or that nutrient being good for the brain, without the stimulation of growth hormone, and exercise is the best way to do that, dem dar nutrients aint gonna help ya much at all.

Growth hormone deficiency happens in humans, and GH very much declines with age. I need to learn about differences in GH production between aerobic and resistance training because I suspect the latter stimulates more GH production. That might be moot though because the sweet spot is probably just enough aerobic exercise each and every day to keep GH production plodding along.

For those who think taking GH supplements is a good idea a word of caution. Supra physiological levels of GH carry considerable risks including the possibility of accelerated cognitive decline. I read a fascinating study on that in 2005. They found a solution, a very carefully constructed diet that prevented the precipitous decline in cognition which enabled the genetically modified old mice to maintain cognitive performance far superior to the unmodified animals on the same diet. In the future, and undoubtedly some are already doing this, the approach will be growth hormone infusion together with the other strategies. That is a very promising approach. I’m off to the gym but first I’ll take some biloba because the terpenes are potent antioxidants with an excellent half life and biloba inhibits a key clotting factor that has also been implicated in driving white matter damage in the brain. (Do not take biloba if you are on any cardiac meds!)

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 5:52 pm

Zipster:
From your China in Focus:
12:48 China creates state-run rare earth giant – This has been an issue for nearly three years and there has still been no move to use our own (the Wests) resources?
21:18 Well preserved baby dinosaur found inside egg – Great stuff – No chance of any dNA being recoverable, so no chance of Santa bringing us 2 meter carnivorous flying chickens in the near future.
Sad.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
December 25, 2021 5:53 pm

How do you spell “excruciating?”

Zulu, apparently this is spelt as follows :- “Rex Anger”

I suspect it might be part of one of Bernard Woolley’s irregular verbs…

My taste is fine, Rex’ taste in jokes excruciating, Rabz taste in music is irredeemably shit.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 5:56 pm

People have placed a lot of trust in Government in Australia.
Since Whitlam there’s been a Safety Net, no one really has to work if they don’t want to, that
atmosphere engenders Trust.
Here’s a 19 minute film about the Psychology and practice Rat Hunting, it’s been on SBS many times:
https://signature103.blog/2019/11/13/szczurolap-the-rat-exterminator/ [subtitled]

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 6:01 pm

Rex’ taste in jokes excruciating

Just As Planned…

***Evil laughter intensifies***

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 6:02 pm

People have placed a lot of trust in Government in Australia.

You’ve worked for them for how long, Grigory?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 6:02 pm

People have dranked the KoolAid

Likely poisoned.

Obviously.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 6:05 pm

UNLIMITED POWAH!

#SithPosting

caveman
caveman
December 25, 2021 6:05 pm

Merry Christmas
I don’t think I’m being to hard but seeing the treatment of covid is an exact science .
At 12.01 am on 24th Dec mask mandate applied NSW
Today NSW had 6288 cases more than before the mask mandates.
Proof masks don’t work.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 6:07 pm

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I was catching up with the new thread by posting four consecutive comments in a row.
This screen came up.
*Winston presses Paranoia Button.*
One of them was a theory of the ‘comet’ Oumuamua being an Alien spacecraft that seeded a package of Ooga Booga Green Slime Dripping Nano Beasties to our planet.
So if Oumuoma passed within 41,289,012 Kilometers of the Earth on 8/8/2017 could this have been real?
Have I unwittingly brought our Gestating Lizard Overlords down on our heads?
If so, sorry.
“I welcome our new Lizard Overlords and can offer my services collecting slaves for their radioactive gypsum mines, and nubile young wymminses for creating new miners when the current lot kark it.”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 25, 2021 6:10 pm

Asking one of these kiddies about wind turbines always works.

Vegan activist compares Christmas lunch to the Holocaust, screams at shoppers buying meats (25 Dec)

A vegan activist has filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat before comparing eating Christmas lunch to the Holocaust.

Tash Peterson pulled another public stunt, wearing white clothes covered in fake blood and holding a pig’s head.

She posted her antics to her Instagram with a caption that read: “Your Christmas Lunch = Their Holocaust.”

“How can you celebrate family and peace with the body parts of murder victims and secretions of individuals who had their babies ripped away from them on your plate?” Peterson wrote.

She pointed followers to a website, telling them to “see the atrocities happening in this holocaust to the most innocent beings on earth”.

The young West Australian woman is seen in her four-minute video storming through a shopping centre and standing in front of a butcher before she starts screaming.

Yeah, yeah, lady, have you tried thinking about what exactly Jesus did? And was did to? Might broaden your mind a little.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 25, 2021 6:14 pm

Christmas heist in the top end

Jess Malcolm
Reporter
@jessmalcolm1
5:18PM December 24, 2021

Northern Territory police have arrested two men who allegedly drove off with $10,000 worth of hams, turkeys and deli products during a Christmas Eve heist in Darwin.

A 17-year-old and 21-year-old man have been charged after a refrigerator unit full of deli meats was stolen around 5am on Thursday morning.

Police were first alerted to the incident when a Toyota Hilux with a refrigerator unit attached had been stolen from a shopping centre carpark in Leanyer.

The vehicle was later found abandoned, but there were no hams in the refrigerator and they remain missing.

It is understood the pair were captured by CCTV footage near the shopping centre and police.

Only $400 worth of product have been recovered.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Bland called the heist of Christmas meals “Grinch-like”.

“It is incredibly disappointing for our members to be having to deal with these sorts of thefts just days out from Christmas,” he said.

The teenager has been charged with several offences including aggravated unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, damage to property, driving as a learner driver unaccompanied and failing to display L-plates.

The 21-year-old co-offender was arrested at a property in Karama and has been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing and damage to property.

They were placed into remand overnight and were expected to appear in Darwin Local Court on Friday.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 6:16 pm

Swimming against the tide (The Hun):

A vegan activist has filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat before comparing eating Christmas lunch to the Holocaust.

Tash Peterson pulled another public stunt, wearing white clothes covered in fake blood and holding a pig’s head. She posted her antics to her Instagram with a caption that read: “Your Christmas Lunch = Their Holocaust.”

Firstly, Ms Peterson is in all likelihood a solid 7. Difficult to rate effectively, as she was masked up, and the pig’s head she was carrying obscured the rig somewhat.

Secondly, Peterson is wearing makeup – including the current ‘texta your eyebrows on’ arrangement*. I wonder if she’s aware of how makeup’s tested prior to use on people (wiki):

Typically, animal tests for cosmetics include skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto the shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of rabbits; repeated oral force-feeding studies lasting weeks or months to look for signs of general illness or specific health hazards, such as cancer or birth defects.

1400 bunnies and guinea pigs die for each ingredient. Clearly, Peterson is an animal-holocausting supporter.

*That little faux pas cost her half a point, at least. Potentially an 8.0 gone begging, and it’s all her own fault.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 6:17 pm

Ah geez Bruce.

Snappity snap snap.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 6:18 pm

Oumuamua

*Gasp!*

The hidden message in the Trashmen’s song!

And the Come and See the Real Thing song

The Izzard Peepulz are real!

(And they know all about the proper use of flags)

Arky
December 25, 2021 6:20 pm

“Your Christmas Lunch = Their Holocaust.”

..
No, the barnyard animal apocalypse would begin when idiots like this got their way and farm animals were outlawed and culled and thrown into pits.
And it would initiate a wild animal apocalypse as many many acres of new land would have to be converted to farmland to try to eke out enough protein from bloody spuds to keep people fed.
It would then turn into a human apocalypse when those efforts fail dismally. The silly sow.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 25, 2021 6:23 pm

A vegan activist has filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat before comparing eating Christmas lunch to the Holocaust.

This waste of space turned up at the cattle judging at the Perth Royal Show, waving a sign and screaming her tits off. One of the cow farmers there grabbed her by the scruff of the neck, and the seat of her pants, and threw her over the fence. Perth coppers say they won’t be charging him, and she is now complaining that she is entitled to the protection of the law…

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 25, 2021 6:31 pm

Ms Peterson is in all likelihood a solid 7.

An easy 11 on the other axis but.
Rare I get to gazump you KD!

Much fun a few ks up the road from the Cafe this morning. At least three plod cars and a fire engine at 7am when I went past on morning treadle. Big water pipe burst right in the middle of the main drag just in front of Bunnings. Pressure nearly nil at Cafe Bruce and great rivers going in every direction including across treadly path. Why do water mains burst on Christmas Day? I got wet feet and they got lots of overtime!

I had visions of frustrated Callis all over Lake Macquarie trying to do the Christmas washing up, but things got sorted by about 11 am. Well done Hunter Water peoples.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 6:33 pm

They were six months old when they’re forced into CO2 gas chambers where they burn from the inside out before they had their throat slit.

Really?

That doesn’t tally with any understanding of animal slaughter, butchery and ham preparation I know of.

Stun/put the animal to sleep before slaughter, I get.

But a ham is a cured, uncooked meat. So burning from inside out is ridiculous.

Still, I will turn to the Cat’s resident expert for his input on the subject…

How do you prepare your skinsuits’ extraneous corpses for human consumption, Grigory?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 6:42 pm

An easy 11 on the other axis but.

Undoubtedly.

Worth attempting, but – if it needed to be said – the usual precautions must apply:

1. Use a name close to your actual first name but not your first name;
2. Strictly a one-off. Going back to that well would be fraught with danger; and most importantly
3. Never, ever a home game. Away fixture only. Identify primary and secondary egress routes*. Pre-position wallet, keys, shades in the event a quick getaway becomes necessary.

*PHRASING.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 6:48 pm

Speaking of bunnies.

Volunteered to take two teenagers and two tweens to the creek for a paddle, a suitable period after lunch. Two and a half hours later, returned with knackered youth to find five adults all comfortably snoozing away the afternoon. I got five hours’ kip last night, at best.

Revenge planning has begun. Food poisoning (of the children belonging to the other adults – a strictly 12 hour arrangement designed for when said adults will be either sleeping, or on a return trip in the car) appears to be the odds-on favourite.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 25, 2021 6:52 pm

Daily Mail. Four years up the creek should teach Matvey where to p!ss, and where not to p!ss!

Russian teenager is jailed for FOUR YEARS for urinating on memorial to World War Two hero and posting the video on the internet

Teenager Matvey Yuferov has been jailed by a Moscow court for four years
It comes after Yuferov urinated on a portrait of a WWII veteran and a memorial
He was found guilty under Russian law against the ‘rehabilitation of Nazism’

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 25, 2021 6:54 pm

That reminds me of the year Ed got the Christmas ham and Mother mixed up. We still laugh about that one each year. Mother doesn’t see the funny side of it.

Delta A
Delta A
December 25, 2021 6:58 pm

Tinta … You are an unsung great of Catallaxy old and new.

Hear hear!

So often, Tinta is the voice of reason, stating eloquently the views of many Cats. And her creative use of adjectives! She (and Rabz) are Cat Qualifier Masters.

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 7:00 pm

Egypt breakthrough as ‘man-made chamber’ found after scan below Great Sphinx

That old rogue Dr Zahi Hawass make an appearance in that article of course. Egypt’s own self styled Indiana Jones who acts like the road crew between groupies and the band whenever there is something going on the press want access to.

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 7:02 pm

Knuckle Dragger, Epsom salts if you can find them. Truly the lax of last resort, somewhat akin to the use of nuclear weapons for earth moving operations.

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 25, 2021 7:03 pm

I’ve found the perfect compromise which will end the Truck Train Wars,

the Land Train.

That’s my Christmas gift to the Cat community, peace on earth and goodwill to all men.

(and ladies too)

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 7:15 pm

TFM:

The dead tree Australian was quite strong in its commentators yesterday against the continuing idiocy of lockdowns etc.
Worm turning?

Correct.
Some worms are turning because they realise they have overreached. Others – Germany/Austria haven’t done so and are reverting to old habits by doubling down. When the people who have memories of the last time the bosses doubled down, and start dragging the pricks out their Ivory Towers and enacting Ceausescu Time 2.1 – perhaps the lesson will sink in.
Perhaps…

rosie
rosie
December 25, 2021 7:17 pm

Merry Christmas everyone

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 7:17 pm

Ceausescu Time 2.1

Tis the season for it.

Fat Tony
Fat Tony
December 25, 2021 7:28 pm

H B Bear says:
December 25, 2021 at 6:54 pm
That reminds me of the year Ed got the Christmas ham and Mother mixed up. We still laugh about that one each year. Mother doesn’t see the funny side of it.

C’mon Bear – now you’re being ridiculous – Mother has been dead for years…

Rabz
December 25, 2021 7:33 pm

Mark from Melbourne – you really are a churlish unpleasant unfunny imbecile.

Which I’ve also had confirmed by a Cat who’s had the misfortune to have met you in person.

Sheesh. So much for peace joy and goodwill to all men, you irredeemable arsehole.

lotocoti
lotocoti
December 25, 2021 7:36 pm

Visited God-daughter Number One, down from Cairns for the weekend.
The break even number on a Saturday, for the pub she works at, is $24k.
First Saturday of the double prick regime – took in only $18k.
The silly season won’t be a barrel of laughs.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 7:39 pm

Tintarella di Luna says:
December 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

Thank you Muddy, very much appreciated, if you only knew how much.

Percentage-wise, how much of the time do you think we become aware of the affect we have on others? I was going to put forward 3%, but being slightly OCD, that’s an odd number, so I’ll have to round it down to a 2. Even though that feels slightly dishonest, because now there’s an extra numeral floating out there, unattached. Lonely. I feel responsible, because I cut it loose.

That’s another of those attributes that differentiate us from the remainder of the animal species (and machines, for that matter). Not the OCD, because I’m sure that giraffes have OCD (or maybe self-esteem issues. Same-same). I mean the ability and willingness to think about how we can influence the quality of life of others of our kind.

I started this comment with a purpose, which, somewhere along the way, has chosen catatonia as a convenient means of escaping having to spend time with me. Pffft. Like I care.

To Tinta and anyone else else who is presently struggling – Do your best to stick with us. We need you. All of you. Even the giraffe OCD bits.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 7:41 pm

Affect or effect?
Deadman will excoriate me for this.
Luckily it’s almost the end of the page and no-one will notice.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 7:42 pm

I’m sooo glad I didn’t bother to edit that comment.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 7:45 pm

Today while at one of the kiddie’s joints I had the joy of listening to carols on Spotify
They don’t have a subscription so the playlist was interspersed with ads.

I’m so grateful to have been gifted the following gem … which I generously re-gift to The Cat readership.

SeeGene – A healthier and happier tomorrow is closer than you think

my favorite part was when the saved the sick puppy

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 7:47 pm

dammit!
… when the(y) saved the sick puppy

if someone has an Edit Button they don’t need, that’d be great

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 25, 2021 7:49 pm

Can I register my displeasure at the practice of renaming the Sydney to Hobart yachts each year. If you’ve got enough for a 100ft racing yacht you don’t really need whatever they pay for naming rights.

Roger
Roger
December 25, 2021 7:50 pm

A vegan activist has filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat before comparing eating Christmas lunch to the Holocaust.

Ad hom and reductio ad Hitlerum!

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 7:53 pm

When the people who have memories of the last time the bosses doubled down, and start dragging the pricks out their Ivory Towers and enacting Ceausescu Time 2.1 – perhaps the lesson will sink in.

Don’t be an idiot.
Nobody’s getting dragged out of palaces etc.

Bluey
Bluey
December 25, 2021 7:54 pm

lotocotisays:
December 25, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Visited God-daughter Number One, down from Cairns for the weekend.
The break even number on a Saturday, for the pub she works at, is $24k.
First Saturday of the double prick regime – took in only $18k.
The silly season won’t be a barrel of laughs.

With masks back on I’m thinking the Melbourne new years celebrations got canned for a lot of venues. Going to really hurt those still operating.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 7:56 pm

filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat

But yeah, these people are totally not insane.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 7:57 pm

Nobody’s getting dragged out of palaces etc.

Earth to Ed – there are no “palaces” in this country.

lotocoti
lotocoti
December 25, 2021 7:58 pm

If you’ve got enough for a 100ft racing yacht you don’t really need whatever they pay for naming rights.

Only people who know you can never have too much money have 100′ racing yachts.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 7:58 pm

A vegan activist has filmed herself screaming at shoppers looking to buy meat before comparing eating Christmas lunch to the Holocaust.

One of the effects of closing Mental Institutions- madwomen in the streets.
Saw one the other day pushing a medium sized dog in a pram.
At least she wasn’t screaming at anybody.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 25, 2021 7:58 pm

Ad ham surely?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 25, 2021 7:59 pm

Russian teenager is jailed for FOUR YEARS for urinating on memorial to World War Two hero and posting the video on the internet

Vlad is very sensitive.

Russia fights another cold war with the West while sabotaging itself at home (16 Dec)

This year marks the 300-year anniversary of Peter the Great’s declaration of himself as emperor and Russia as an empire. It also marks another important date: 30 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991. In Vladimir Putin’s Russia, the first is a cause for celebration, the second for regret.

During his two decades in power, Putin has spared no effort dismantling Russia’s embryonic democracy and restoring Russia to its former glory.

Putin rues Soviet collapse as demise of ‘historical Russia’ (12 Dec)

MOSCOW (Reuters) -President Vladimir Putin has lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago as the demise of what he called “historical Russia” and said the economic crisis that followed was so bad he was forced to moonlight as a taxi driver.

Putin’s comments, released by state TV on Sunday, are likely to further fuel speculation about his foreign policy intentions among critics, who accuse him of planning to recreate the Soviet Union and of contemplating an attack on Ukraine, a notion the Kremlin has dismissed as fear-mongering.

“It was a disintegration of historical Russia under the name of the Soviet Union,” Putin said of the 1991 breakup, in comments aired on Sunday as part of a documentary film called “Russia. New History”, the RIA state news agency reported.

Caesar wants his Empire back. Listen to slave in the back seat of your chariot, kiddo, he has wisdom.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 8:01 pm

Ed, they will be dragged flailing and squealing out of their McMansions (paid for with chinese commie dosh) however.

If such an unpleasant and regrettable scenario might happen to upset you, stiff shit.

I’ll try and make it as righteous a spectacle as possible.

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 25, 2021 8:03 pm

Rabz,
The first truly Christmassy comment. Nothing like a fight over Christmas dinner.
You have brought the joy of Christmas to an old misanthropist’s heart.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 25, 2021 8:05 pm

At one stage, I ended up staying for a few days at the CYCA. Snooping around those super maxis you don’t get a lot for your money.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 8:10 pm

Anthro – I’ll tolerate (and might even joke about) unprovoked abuse once, but when it’s twice in less than 24 hours, that’s just trying to get a rise.

Well, surprise surprise, the f*cking moron got one.

And yeah, sorry for harshing everyone’s vibe.

It has been a “trying” year.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 8:11 pm

Ed, they will be dragged flailing and squealing out of their McMansions (paid for with chinese commie dosh) however.

You’re just being silly now.
Perhaps it woulkd be wiser if you stuck to being a boring YouTuber?

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 8:11 pm

‘man-made chamber’ found after scan below Great Sphinx

I’ll bet it’s got a glass ceiling

Roger
Roger
December 25, 2021 8:14 pm

With masks back on I’m thinking the Melbourne new years celebrations got canned for a lot of venues. Going to really hurt those still operating.

Big name restaurateur in Adelaide is closing 5-6 of his restaurants.

Doesn’t expect to reopen them.

Tough business even in good times.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 8:16 pm

Ed, given you’re not in danger of being anything other than a drooling cretin, you might want to remain in your own dubious lane.

calli
calli
December 25, 2021 8:16 pm

Luckily it’s almost the end of the page and no-one will notice.

I noticed. Nouns and verbs.

The difference is measured in units of alcohol.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 25, 2021 8:22 pm

Since Mr Ed is here, it’s worth mentioning that his efforts at historically based novel writing yesterday didn’t even come up to Peter Fitzsimian standard.

Bluey
Bluey
December 25, 2021 8:25 pm

Rogersays:
December 25, 2021 at 8:14 pm
With masks back on I’m thinking the Melbourne new years celebrations got canned for a lot of venues. Going to really hurt those still operating.

Big name restaurateur in Adelaide is closing 5-6 of his restaurants.

Doesn’t expect to reopen them.

Tough business even in good times.

I went through the CBD last saturday night, I’ve never seen it so dead. Swear you could’ve got a park on king st about 8:30 or so.
Been telling people this whole opening up and people will flood back is optimistic at best. Far too many have seen footage of Australia going full jackboot. I’d expect tourism from overseas to take a big hit for years, probably international students too.
I’d expect a hard few years ahead.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 8:25 pm

Rabz, you are by no means the only one to be fantasising about a ruthless purge. Sadly, there is much less ruth in the country these days.

Rabz
December 25, 2021 8:29 pm

OK – not here to get dragged into tiresome online slanging matches with the most useless carbon based lifeforms to have existed in the history of the universe.

On a parting note, ask someone capable of doing so to read you the story of Pavlov and his dogs, you monumental f*ckwits.

Oh – and do feel free to enjoy your digital passports with your cockroach gruel. Funnily enough, I won’t be joining you – until my B52 flies overhead, audible as it will be in Kampuchea. 🙂

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 8:30 pm

Rex Anger:

Oumuamua
*Gasp!*
The hidden message in the Trashmen’s song!
And the Come and See the Real Thing song
The Izzard Peepulz are real!
(And they know all about the proper use of flags)

Shoosh, Rex. I’m trying to give the planets hypochondriacs and nutters something to get hysterical about for the New Year.
You need more gravitas.
It will be entertaining.
“When in danger,
When in doubt,
Run in circles,
Scream and shout!”

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 8:33 pm

Been telling people this whole opening up and people will flood back is optimistic at best.

Opening Up is code for massive Third World immigration, in my opinion.
Australia is now an Oligarchy, John Howard did the groundwork starting 25 years ago.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 8:34 pm

cockroach gruel

yum!

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 25, 2021 8:37 pm

Australia is now an Oligarchy,

Australia is a bureaucracy. Has been growing in size and power for fifty years. And the bureaucrats are both ignorant and unintelligent. And too ignorant and unintelligent to notice.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 8:43 pm

Drove into Babylon thismo for a breakfast christmas thingy.
Went up Blackburn Rd where it crosses Wellington Rd.
I dunno Clayton, Nottinghill?

The polis had Welly Rd under management and the queue for covid testing was about 1km long
Apparently this was repeated all across Melb

The measured response to this overwhelming demand from our Govs?
shut it down.
tell em to bugger off
make em wait.

Seriously? Who’s doing a test on Chrissy Day?

does anybody think that the army of couriers, PCR machine-wranglers, contract tracers, and SMS senders are loaded up and doing overtime for penalty rates?

Ho, ‘ken Ho

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 8:44 pm

Australia was a Bureaucracy, from abot 1925 to say 2000.
Howard transformed that into an Oligarchy, where there’s a few giant players in each industry and a lot of minnows.
The minnows are now getting wiped out.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 8:47 pm

The minnows are now getting wiped out

Ed, have another look in your xmas stocking. There might be one more clue right at the bottom

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 8:47 pm

cockroach gruel

This is incorrect. They are saving the cockroaches for milking. Five times more nutritious than cow milk with negligible carbon footprint. It will be some other form of bug but in a white sauce.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 8:49 pm

Rabz.

The Way That You Want.

Lyrically unambitious, but there’s the cowgirl hat.

Bluey
Bluey
December 25, 2021 8:51 pm

MatrixTransformsays:
December 25, 2021 at 8:43 pm
Drove into Babylon thismo for a breakfast christmas thingy.
Went up Blackburn Rd where it crosses Wellington Rd.
I dunno Clayton, Nottinghill?

The polis had Welly Rd under management and the queue for covid testing was about 1km long
Apparently this was repeated all across Melb

The measured response to this overwhelming demand from our Govs?
shut it down.
tell em to bugger off
make em wait.

Seriously? Who’s doing a test on Chrissy Day?

does anybody think that the army of couriers, PCR machine-wranglers, contract tracers, and SMS senders are loaded up and doing overtime for penalty rates?

Ho, ‘ken Ho

Mate was telling me about the absolute cluster that’s access from the western side. West gate fwy down to one lane, most other routes have roadworks, tunnel supposed to be operating to take the load off but clearly isn’t.
As I keep reminding him, GOLD STANDARD!

p.s Clayton according to google maps.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 8:53 pm

Five times more nutritious than cow milk

but is it better than Badger Milk?

Roger
Roger
December 25, 2021 8:58 pm

I’d expect tourism from overseas to take a big hit for years, probably international students too.

The students will be back (and the government is counting on it).

We were never getting the really bright ones, who go to US, UK & Canada.

And no matter how bad things get here, it still looks like paradise if you’re sitting in Peking, Bombay or Harare.

johanna
johanna
December 25, 2021 8:59 pm

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong June
To an admiring bog!

Emily Dickinson

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 8:59 pm

The election rolls along.
12 Months of Cover-ups – For over 12 months, the Georgia SOS and Fulton County have consistently prevented Georgians from inspecting ballots from the November 2020 election or taking server image copies to forensic analysis.
List follows.

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 25, 2021 9:14 pm

Matrix,
Your poem about Babylon. Doesn’t seem to scan.
Is it the lyrics to something?
Even with the drugs kicking in I can’t get it scanning.
However
VB
For me
Is poetry.

Dot
Dot
December 25, 2021 9:18 pm

Liberland is chugging along.

I highly doubt they will have mask and vaccine mandates.

Franx
Franx
December 25, 2021 9:18 pm

About those shepherds I heard about last night, the two of them, minding their flocks by night. Had not realised that this was done, that the sheep needed to be watched and protected, literally, overnight. So the first to hear the good news and to see the wonder of the star in the night was a couple of shepherds on duty, not the ones asleep.

Dot
Dot
December 25, 2021 9:20 pm

Good lord.

Imagine running interference for the administrative state on the happiest, perhaps holiest day of the year.

The absolute state of baizuo bugmen.

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 9:26 pm

They can do things with their mouths that are quite hypnotic really. Especially the two girls.

Old bloke
Old bloke
December 25, 2021 9:29 pm

Since the first Covid-19 vaccine was authorised for use in the United Kingdom, and administered on the 8th December 2020, there have been hundreds of thousands of adverse reactions reported to the MHRA Yellow Card scheme. But there is one particular adverse reaction which is both concerning and strange, and the number of people suffering from it is increasing by the week – Blindness.


Why Are So Many People Going Blind After Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 9:30 pm

MatrixTransform says:
December 25, 2021 at 8:53 pm

I get the feeling that you think I may have been joking about the roach milking. Au contraire.

Cassie of Sydney
December 25, 2021 9:31 pm

“Russian teenager is jailed for FOUR YEARS for urinating on memorial to World War Two hero and posting the video on the internet”

The Russians know and value their history and they don’t take kindly to anyone disrespecting and pissing on those who helped to defend the motherland.

Here the teenager would be celebrated by Labor left, the Greens, the MSM and social media sewers.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 25, 2021 9:32 pm

Imagine running interference for the administrative state on the happiest, perhaps holiest day of the year.

Christmas Day isn’t the Holiest Day of the year.
It wasn’t even a holiday in Scotland until 1958.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 9:40 pm

I get the feeling that you think I may have been joking about the roach milking

LoL

a new frontier … all this for as far as you can see will one day feed the cuntry

… gonna start me a cockroach ranch

rickw
rickw
December 25, 2021 9:41 pm

Merry Christmas Everyone!

All the kids overfed, overtoyed, overtired and now finally asleep!

A wonderful COVID BS free Christmas, Little Blokes best mate and his family joining us helped make the day a really great one. Very Blessed.

Top toy for six year old boys (and everyone else!), remote control bumper cars, if you hit the other car on the side the driver is ejected with sound effects. Nice industrial design and they survived a good few hours of constant use.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 25, 2021 9:44 pm

the driver is ejected with sound effects

A bit like Ed’s ejection from each daily debate.

Boing.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 9:47 pm

MatrixTransform says:

… gonna start me a cockroach ranch

On this important day, isn’t it best to let Baygons be Baygons?

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 9:51 pm

er my gawd, caught in another covid scandal
concerned SMS before tomorrow please, it’s best
dont panic, of course there’s nothing my kids can’t handle
make us all safe with a rapid antigen test

(is that any better Miss?)

Frank
Frank
December 25, 2021 9:52 pm

… gonna start me a cockroach ranch

That would be Brisbane I believe.

JC
JC
December 25, 2021 10:12 pm

Someone sent me a funny WhatsApp message. Let’s go Brandon becomes ” Rets go Blandon” on the Pho King Chinese restaurant sign.

JC
JC
December 25, 2021 10:15 pm

The Berlin Airlift was an incredible logistical achievement.

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

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 25, 2021 10:26 pm

Matrix,
Brilliant. Up there with the famous Israeli poet Rabbi Burnes.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 10:28 pm

the funniest part, and I’m not even joking
where to start … the fuck are they smoking?

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 10:29 pm

… I blame the gin

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 10:30 pm
Franx
Franx
December 25, 2021 10:31 pm

I don’t much care for those who imprison teenagers for being ‘disrespectful’ history, for that history might be one that is suspect. Much prefer alternatives.

PeterM
PeterM
December 25, 2021 10:33 pm

Is logistical even a word?

Say rather “incredible logistics achievement”

Or better still “incredible achievement in logistics”

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 25, 2021 10:35 pm

A poetry recital
Should be the title
Of the Christmas Day Thread
For all the well fed.

Cassie of Sydney
December 25, 2021 10:44 pm

“I don’t much care for those who imprison teenagers for being ‘disrespectful’ history, for that history might be one that is suspect. Much prefer alternatives.”

I don’t much care for those who laud adolescents for urinating on war memorials. The fact is that around twenty-two million Russians, both military and civilian, died during the war against Germany in World War II. Now that isn’t “suspect”, it’s a fact.

And what alternatives do you have in mind? For the teenager to be extolled or simply slapped on the wrist like what would happen here in Oz? Now I don’t think the teenager’s punishment warrants four years in prison but quite frankly I don’t think it’s a bad thing he’s being sent to goal. I doubt the teenager will urinate on any other memorial.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 10:47 pm

The Berlin Airlift

Thanks JC.
un-real

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 10:47 pm

You need more gravitas.
It will be entertaining.
“When in danger,
When in doubt,
Run in circles,
Scream and shout!”

No no no, Winston.

The (parodised) First Litany of Command, as taught to all commanders and Morale Officers of the Imperial Guard (ht/ Sandy Davis and his Commissar Cain series for Games Workshop) goes as follows:

“When Beset by Deadly Danger,
When in Fear or Doubt.
Run around in circles,
Wave your arms and shout.”

Words to live by…

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 10:50 pm

And Grigory needs to sit in the corner and drink his cockroach milk.

(Coincidentally, the last time I stepped on a Christmas Beetle without falling over and spraining my ankle, I am pretty sure their innards are whitish. Does that qualify as white sauce?)

Tom
Tom
December 25, 2021 10:51 pm

The Australian MSM’s greatest unreported story:

Over 4,500 flights were cancelled around the world by Saturday and thousands more were delayed as the highly infectious Omicron variant disrupted holiday travel, according to tracking website Flightaware.

According to Flightaware.com, at least 2,000 flights were cancelled worldwide on Christmas Day, including roughly 700 originating from or headed to US airports, with more than 1,500 delays as of 0720 GMT.

On Friday, there were around 2,400 cancellations and almost 11,000 delays. The site also reported over 600 cancellations for Sunday.

Pilots, flight attendants and other staff have been calling in sick or having to quarantine after exposure to Covid, forcing Lufthansa, Delta, United Airlines and many other carriers to cancel flights during one of the year’s peak travel periods.

The news media is the enemy of the people. Disgraceful.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 10:55 pm

Christmas Beetles.

If honky nuts could fly…

#Bok!

#Owwww!

#FloatLikeAHarleyDavidson,HitLikeAFreightTrain

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 10:58 pm

Opening Up is code for massive Third World immigration, in my opinion.

Shame that we were never asking for it, Grigory.

Now sit in the corner and eat your gypsum-coated Christmas Beetles. Try not to break your teeth- They are expensive.

Muddy
Muddy
December 25, 2021 11:02 pm

The news media is the enemy of the people.

The so-called ‘news media’ are mercenaries, offering their services to whichever entity or cause can feed them according to their needs. If there is something in it for them, they can and will bite their present dog walker.

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 11:02 pm

dover,
we saw another queue as we drove and the missus was scrutinizing them. as we waited at the lights.
She reckoned about 25% of those in the line were un-masked as well

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 25, 2021 11:02 pm

I doubt the teenager will urinate on any other memorial.

It’s not just him – I’ll bet good money that it’s a long time before any other Russian, teenager or not, piddles on a war memorial..

Franx
Franx
December 25, 2021 11:13 pm

I’m all for valuing heritage and for understanding the past.
Still, would much prefer that we don’t take on the practices of the Russian politicos and jailing those disrespectful of history. And I think the Russian jailers in question might be leftists and not to be emulated, no? As for pissing on war memorials, that was alleged to have occurred at the shrine protest in Melbourne. Shock horror. Needs must. After being virtually kettled. And then there is art, urinating as aesthetics, even religious or anti. And Duchamp. And so on.

Arky
December 25, 2021 11:17 pm

As for pissing on war memorials, that was alleged to have occurred at the shrine protest in Melbourne.

..
Precisely.
It I’m sure we can trust Russian media not to be distorting the report like our’s do.
I mean, if you can’t trust the people who brought us Pravda, who can you trust?

Miss Anthropist
Miss Anthropist
December 25, 2021 11:18 pm

In Sydney even female cops piss on War Memorials.
I blame their parents.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 11:19 pm

I mean, if you can’t trust the people who brought us Pravda, who can you trust?

Izvhestia?

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 11:23 pm

Russian politicos and jailing those disrespectful of history

the russians jailed every one
or shot them
strange that this isn’t captured by art history

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 11:27 pm

There was a 70m long cue out front of Rosebud Hospital at the testing station at 10.45ish this morning. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I’ve heard of trying to gain a reach advantage for when you have a particularly gnarly Billiards or Snooker shot, but I reckon 70m is a bit unwieldy…

#Snerk

#Shit!He’sBack!SlapHimAgain!

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 11:29 pm

gnarly Billiards

canon shot?

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 11:31 pm

canon shot?

Only if you’re aiming for a Pope…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 25, 2021 11:51 pm

As for pissing on war memorials, that was alleged to have occurred at the shrine protest in Melbourne.

Western Australians might find themselves looking at four years up the creek, for p!zzing on the statue of Yagan – the Aboriginal warrior who led the “resistance” to the settlers…

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 11:52 pm

70m long cue

Is a big stick, that you might beat that cheeky bastard Rex with.

70m long queue is a line of woefully misguided people who should not be out courting heat stroke for the sake of a head cold they may or may not actually have…

MatrixTransform
December 25, 2021 11:53 pm

gawd this joint cracks me up.
dover, you legend

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 25, 2021 11:58 pm

Now, I know I hit the whiskey after I posted the pun, but that fixup’s got me snookered faster than potting one too many on a hot day.

You’ve sunk me, Doverlord. 8-ball and everything.

I’m feeling thoroughly broken. And I wanna go home… 🙁

Franx
Franx
December 26, 2021 12:00 am

Happy Christmas.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 26, 2021 12:01 am

Anyway, Good Health and Best Wishes to all You Lot.

I’ve got my Nant Single Malt (closest to Tasmania I’m liable to get in the next 12 months- Let’s Go Sneakers!) and some Dugite (lovely local drop) as backup.

MatrixTransform
December 26, 2021 12:07 am

Rexy, I clicked yr first youtube link and they gave me a paid advertisement.

omfg … apparently, your biggest problem is getting your hands on credit so that you can milke the capital gains and tax deduction.

that’s the only youtube paid ad I’ve ever watched.
best comedy evah!

shoulda been on the royal gala

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 26, 2021 12:16 am

Anyway, “Sliante ” to all on the Cat. Mine’s a large single malt, and I’ll see all you horrible mob tomorrow.

Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
December 26, 2021 12:38 am

Been for a little Viet Christmas do.
Had a beer with the ladyboy who was in a melonchoy mood.
Couldn’t go to Perth as its flat is right near the gay bar cluster and it hasn’t had its jabs because liver failure is setting in.

An unusual end to Christmas Day

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 26, 2021 12:43 am

omfg … apparently, your biggest problem is getting your hands on credit so that you can milke the capital gains and tax deduction.

Damn- You get all the good ads.

All I seem to cop are adverts for pay later loansharks (albeit Rebel Wilson now makes them mildly more bearable until the ‘Skip Ad’ timeout hits), or Google This! Google That! Google Phone! Google-y!

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 26, 2021 2:18 am

gnarly Billiards

Nothing a little discrete reorganisation couldn’t avoid.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 26, 2021 5:01 am

Can we assume that Tom hasn’t sobered up yet? 😀

Tom
Tom
December 26, 2021 5:36 am

Can we assume that Tom hasn’t sobered up yet?

I’m as sober as a judge, Beaugy, though a little late with Sunday’s regular offering.

Week In Pictures.

Winston Smith
December 26, 2021 5:37 am

BoN:

During his two decades in power, Putin has spared no effort dismantling Russia’s embryonic democracy and restoring Russia to its former glory.

His problem is that the states bordering Russia were part of the Soviet Union.
Russia ain’t no USSR, Putin.
…and those countries that booted your rotting corpse of a country out, know only too well what a vicious tyrant Russia can be.
Perhaps they may just realise the danger a strong Russia means to them and collect themselves into a NyetRussia Bloc.
Look at the map, Mr Putin. Could you defend against the the nations surrounding you without your nukes?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 26, 2021 5:55 am

Thanks, Tom!

Winston Smith
December 26, 2021 6:54 am

If Republican Leaders Will Not Speak Out Against Election Officials Removing GOP Observers from Room, Pulling Out Hidden Suitcases of Votes and Shoving Stacks of Ballots Thru Machines 3 Times, Then the Grand Old Party’s Days Are Over

The Gateway Pundit was also first to reveal that Ruby Freeman was caught on video shoving stacks of ballots through the voting machines numerous times late at night after all of the election observers were sent home.

bespoke
bespoke
December 26, 2021 6:56 am

DrBeauGansays:
December 25, 2021 at 8:37 pm
Australia is now an Oligarchy,
Australia is a bureaucracy. Has been growing in size and power for fifty years. And the bureaucrats are both ignorant and unintelligent. And too ignorant and unintelligent to notice.

3/10. To simplistic and intellectually lazy.

Trye harder!.

Hint: Start with the biological need to multiply.

Winston Smith
December 26, 2021 7:01 am

A COVID paranoid female passenger on what is reported to be a Delta flight from Tampa to Atlanta Thursday attacked a man for not wearing a mask while he was eating. The man tried to explain to the woman he was eating and drinking, at one point holding up an uncapped water bottle. The man called the woman a Karen and a bitch as the two exchanged verbal assaults and profanities. The woman leaned in to attack the man, punching, scratching and even spitting on him, according to the man.

Great video!

Aaron
Aaron
December 26, 2021 7:21 am

As the Government prepares the boosters, one wonders where from here?

Pfizer is useless, basically.

If they start kids off on this rubbish. they are insane.

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
December 26, 2021 7:28 am

Test

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 26, 2021 7:32 am

As the Government prepares the boosters, one wonders where from here?

Pfizer is useless, basically.

The only conclusion that anyone can come to after Winston’s video and this link is that a substantial fraction of the population is insane, and that this has been concealed precovid by sheer conformity.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 7:32 am

‘The man called the woman a Karen’

I know several people named Karen. All are very reasonable, logical people who live by mantras of common sense and reason.

Ah geez. No I don’t. They’re all maniacs.

Crossie
Crossie
December 26, 2021 7:41 am

Thank you Tom for the Week In Pictures, lots of laughs there and some screenshots to send to friends and relatives. Merry Christmastime to all the Cats and especially Dover and Tim.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 7:41 am

Cracking video from Winston.

The gentleman’s responses were perfectly correct, in my view*. Sadly, the current idiocy has enabled a cohort of martyr Karens, who previously and deep down knew full well they were useless, to self-identify as guardians of Something.

*Obviously, a swift backhander to the chops would have prevented Karen from spitting on the gent, and even then she was escorted down the aisle with her teeth intact, but you can’t have everything.

Crossie
Crossie
December 26, 2021 7:44 am

Correction, Dover and Tom, not Tim (and I don’t even have a hangover).

Crossie
Crossie
December 26, 2021 7:46 am

Speaking of Karens, now we know how the Salem witch trials got going.

shatterzzz
December 26, 2021 7:46 am

Merry Christmas .. even tho it’s Boxing Day still worth a HoHoHO .. LOL!
https://youtu.be/ETex6vUVukA

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
December 26, 2021 7:49 am

No doubt our medical experts will point to Germany and Austria as examples of how severe measures can reduce transmission of the new variant.
Closing their economy and imprisoning their population has worked according to data.
The one small problem with this approach is the virus is still there and isn’t going away. How long can they keep it up?
The holding your breath until you pass out solution.

Vicki
Vicki
December 26, 2021 7:59 am

Funny this mention of “Karen’s”. It was one of the very few references to “the situation” (AKA “the virus”) during our very wonderful Christmas Day at my daughter’s place.

This very probably was why it was so great a day. We were all grateful to be there. Husband & I were the only unvaccinated ( which we knew) but it was never mentioned. The only other reference was to the colds which my husband, granddaughter & grandson & an acquaintance of my daughter have.
Interesting speculation about the the inefficacy of vaccines &, more interestingly of the failure of both PCRs & Rapid Antigen tests in picking up Omicron – which we speculated was involved.

Grandson, whose jaw was broken in two places 6 weeks ago by coward punch from a thug, was able to eat Christmas dinner & now looks passably like the gorgeous young man he was. The best Christmas present of all.

Mater
December 26, 2021 8:01 am

The holding your breath until you pass out solution.

Or the ‘stay in the holding pattern to avoid the dangers of landing’ solution.

Eyrie
Eyrie
December 26, 2021 8:09 am

This wasn’t a bad Berlin Airlift movie:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+big+lift+full+movie
A few actors and the rest serving USAF folk.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
December 26, 2021 8:10 am

Good moaning everyone.
An excellent article from The Speccie for your breakfast reading.

A dangerous tone has crept into medical discourse
James Kildare

26 December 2021

A dangerous tone has crept into the medical discourse. Over the last year, it has become increasingly common to encounter medical professionals talking (with apparent glee) when they hear of someone getting unwell if they feel that person made the ‘wrong’ decision.

This change in attitude can only happen when we start seeing healthcare decisions as moral ones, rather than as factual ones; and as ‘group decisions’ instead of ‘personal decisions’.

Rather than asking ourselves how we weigh up the consequences of various policies and treatments, we are implored to project a consensus morality onto such questions. Those of us who dissent are not just wrong, we are heretics.

Most directly, this manifests itself as condescension towards patients.

Those who question medical decrees are belittled and insulted, both to their face and behind their backs. Although our profession has always been guilty of this conceit to a degree – as is common between experts and non-experts – it is a tendency of which we should be wary. This habit cannot be good for those of us who claim our work is fundamentally moral.

However, what is new is a current of disgust towards people who may disagree with a medical opinion. Of all the sentiments, ‘disgust’ is particularly dangerous and swiftly leads to an escalating chasm between clinician and patient. It is this chasm which stops us functioning as effective clinicians, and prevents us from reflecting on ourselves.

Indeed, this has gone further in many cases.

All of us should be concerned that it is now frequent to hear medical staff opining that ‘we should not treat people who are unvaccinated’. This started with a specific reference to Covid, but has now increasingly become about any treatment at all. The idea of depriving an unvaccinated person of other healthcare rights is as chilling as it would be to deprive them of basic services for any other personal decision. Curiously, this view is often held by those who most fervently believe healthcare is a basic universal right.

Arguments like this are incredibly dehumanising and undermine the basis for our profession. If we were consistent with this thinking and didn’t treat people who presented with injuries of their own making, it would exclude the majority of patients. Diabetes in people who don’t exercise or have a good diet? Liver disease in alcoholics? The comorbidities associated with drug-taking? The examples go on…

Conversely, if the argument is that we need to ‘spend money in the most efficient way within a public health service’, then by the same token we should stop funding rare childhood diseases. In terms of efficacy, mandating people take half an hour of exercise per day would have much more profound health benefits.

When we stop seeing patients as individuals with a specific worth and value, we emerge in a world where a person is dispensable. What matters then is ultimately a projection of our morality, and the ‘ideology’ of a health service. It is especially disturbing that it is our medical profession making these arguments.

This being so, a division is opening up within the medical cohort broadly between those who think the government should do anything and all they can, and those of us who have real concerns about how we are selling out our profession and the moral basis upon which medicine rests.

Those of us who have misgivings about government policy are being pressured, either actively or passively, not to share these concerns with others.

There is no system for feedback or channel for discussion. What is more, overhanging all of it is a fear we could be fired for not sharing the approved government line. We discuss the matter, but there is little way to organise these feelings or to feedback these sentiments.

So much of this problem rests on our inability to scrutinise ourselves as a profession.

In order to put across a strong public health message, we have silenced criticism rather than engaging with it. Then, having stopped listening to contrary voices, we have convinced ourselves we cannot be wrong.

As a profession, we need to work back to the basic principles of healthcare, which involve treating people as individuals and respecting their autonomy, even when it is different to our medical opinions. Only when we start doing this will we be able to look at ourselves in a critical manner and improve our practice.

Key to medicine is respect for the individual and the relationship between a specific doctor and a specific patient. Without it, we see how contempt flourishes and doctors do unethical things. The current trend in our attitudes towards patients should disturb doctors and patients alike.

The slope we are on now may be more slippery than we like to admit.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
December 26, 2021 8:12 am

Ah geez. No I don’t. They’re all maniacs.

They’re all female, so what do you expect?

Crossie
Crossie
December 26, 2021 8:18 am

Mater says:
December 26, 2021 at 8:01 am
The holding your breath until you pass out solution.
Or the ‘stay in the holding pattern to avoid the dangers of landing’ solution.

That only works until you run out of fuel, then you crash.

John Brumble
John Brumble
December 26, 2021 8:21 am

Hey- remember that time when a bunch of clowns ramped up the bullying to 11 against a Cat (Neil?) over a guy who was no longer in the Australian team and swallowed each and every one of Googlrey’s trolls to keep the topic alive, but then outright ignored the fact that their guy (who is still in the team) has the worst average of any Australian opener with more than 20 innings since 18 (yes 18) 93?

Parochial clowns.

Crossie
Crossie
December 26, 2021 8:26 am

Key to medicine is respect for the individual and the relationship between a specific doctor and a specific patient. Without it, we see how contempt flourishes and doctors do unethical things. The current trend in our attitudes towards patients should disturb doctors and patients alike.

I’ll never be able to watch a medical TV show and enjoy it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 8:28 am

The Hun:

‘Ashes legend and former England captain Ray Illingworth, who led his nation to a win on Australian soil in seventies, has lost his battle to cancer.’

Leaving aside the horrible grammar in that alleged sentence, Illingworth was 89.

I would suggest he had a monumental victory over cancer.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 26, 2021 8:32 am

James Kildare, eh?
What’s Ben Casey’s opimion?

Bluey
Bluey
December 26, 2021 8:32 am

Cassie of Sydneysays:
December 25, 2021 at 9:31 pm
“Russian teenager is jailed for FOUR YEARS for urinating on memorial to World War Two hero and posting the video on the internet”

The Russians know and value their history and they don’t take kindly to anyone disrespecting and pissing on those who helped to defend the motherland.

Here the teenager would be celebrated by Labor left, the Greens, the MSM and social media sewers.

There’s a aggregate site that collects military stories. One of the recent ones was a commenter talking about growing up in Soviet Russia. He was saying about asking why all the adult men were sad all the time, and being told they were sad because everyone they knew had died. Fathers, brothers, uncles, entire inter war generations of men didn’t exist by the end of WW2.

I can understand jailing someone for years like that.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 8:36 am

‘ramped up the bullying’

Ahahahaaaa haha. Ha.

Listen up misery guts. There was no ‘their guy’ because Pucovski didn’t get a look in after his one Test due to a buggered shoulder, after which he was concussed again. Now it wouldn’t surprise me if Pucovski never plays in the baggy green at any future point.

If you’re referring to Harris, he was widely discussed here as a second option to Pucovski. Mind you, there are 67 year old deros living under bridges that would do a better job at number 1 or 2 than ‘your guy’, who is a very decent cricket but NOT a Test opener. As has been been amply demonstrated over time. Five times, in fact.

If Harris fails, Bryce Street or Henry Hunt are next up, with Jimmy Seymour as an extreme smoky.

You gigantic sniping sook.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 8:38 am

*decent cricketer*

Those last two letters fell off the original post. Just like Burns’ head used to fall off its line to the off side, exposing a huge front pad.

Vicki Sanderson
December 26, 2021 8:42 am

Robert Malone rwmalonemd.substack.com argues that we are in a full on war against a globalised financial system in which Big Tech, Big Pharma and other major financial institutions have coupled with Big Media & world wide governments.

He warns that we are being currently outgunned and says we are in the fight of our lives to prevent the nation state from succumbing to centralised global totalitarianism.

I think he is right. But although we appear to be outgunned presently, we have one weapon that is a stunner – the internet. With this unprecedented ability to reach all peoples around the world, to know what is happening, to apply the lessons others have learned, we CAN contest this battle effectively. Yes, they are de-platforming our foremost combatants on Twitter & Facebook etc. But they are quickly adopting other weapons of communication on social media.

We DO have the weapons, and we must never give up the fight.

shatterzzz
December 26, 2021 8:45 am

Lotza the ABC news kiddies must be on hols .. my home page is the MSN news & glancing at the ABC news front page half the stories are the, exact, same as MSN .. they haven’t even bothered to alter the headings ……
yet the gummint wants to pursue the vote-herd for cash -in-hand moolah .. LOL!

Delta A
Delta A
December 26, 2021 8:46 am

WiP very funny this week.

Thanks for posting, Tom.

Vicki Sanderson
December 26, 2021 8:47 am

rwmalonemd.substack.com:

The underlying truths of the grossly mismanaged globally coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak are becoming increasingly apparent to common citizens throughout the world. The United States Health and Human Services (HHS) system, once considered the world standard for medical research and for insuring purity, safety and effectiveness of drugs and vaccines, is now being seen by many as corrupt and compromised. Over the next year, additional data documenting and supporting this corruption will continue to emerge. The growing tide of whistleblowers, truth tellers and their lawyers will swell to the point that it will overwhelm the censorship and propaganda which the guilty and their accomplices are desperately using to try to hide their duplicity.

Looking forward into this new year that is now upon us, I predict that a broad global consensus will emerge that the integrity of our entire western health care systems, our media, big tech, and western political systems has been breached by the corrupting influence of a financial system that has lost integrity and become decoupled from any sense of morality, and which perceives no economic value in either fundamental human dignity or community. A financial system which has become completely decoupled from the historic concept of the nation-state. One that defines and thereby degrades human beings as mere economic units to be exploited for rents and profit using a wide range of innovative strategies.

This globalized financial system exists for one purpose only: to maximize return on investment. And those who control this system see centralized global totalitarianism as a more efficient management structure for extracting value from you and me. To them, the logic of a digital social credit system is compelling, as it will optimize population control and maximize profit. In a sense, we already have a version of this in operation- your credit rating score. Now imagine a world in which not just your access to capital (“credit”), but your every financial transaction is subject to approval, control, and various forms of taxation based on a rating score which is dependent on your behavior, political views and speech.

Do you remember a time when you had pity for those who have to live in countries such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) where the internet is censored, free speech is forbidden, and arbitrary government bureaucrats determine what you are allowed to think and do? A political structure where one’s financial assets and property can be seized at a moment’s notice based on the whims of a totalitarian state bureaucracy? Please keep in mind that the whole reason that this virus got out of control in Wuhan is that local PRC apparatchiks suppressed the warnings which local physicians had been issuing concerning a worrisome respiratory virus.

If there has been one constant throughout these last two years, it has been the gross mismanagement and incompetence of government officials tasked with the public health response. How can we trust them to make intelligent, data-based decisions in the future? How can you trust them to decide what is best for your children? No, you have to personally own these decisions now. They will not be there to help if you or your child are damaged by these vaccines. And you will get no legal or financial relief. Both Pfizer and governments have been absolved of all legal accountability. You will have to bear that burden, financially and psychologically, for the rest of your life and that of your child.

In short, the issues here are much larger than just the specific examples of data manipulation, propaganda, censorship, advanced character assassination techniques, misrepresentation of the safety and effectiveness of these genetic vaccines, and suppression of the early treatment protocols empirically developed and tested by front line physicians from all over the world.

Among the many unanticipated blowbacks will be lasting damage, not just to overall public trust in government, but to the pharmaceutical industry in the United States. What will happen is that the world will turn to India and China for pharmaceuticals and vaccines. Because the US HHS and other western regulatory authorities have succumbed to regulatory capture by Big Pharma. What were previously globally trusted regulatory organizations have been corrupted due to the undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry that they were designed and intended to both promote and to regulate. The growing pharmaceutical industries of India and China have cost and performance advantages relative to the United States, UK and Europe, and will now be able to legitimately claim equivalence or superiority in quality and safety. But from the point of view of globalized transnational capital, this is largely irrelevant. Because the concept of nation-state is considered by those who manage these large pools of capital to be outdated, antiquated, and inefficient. This works just fine for Big Capital, because migration of the pharmaceutical industry to India and China will enable the transnational funds to extract more profit, and a greater return on investment.

Unfortunately, the damage has already been done. Now it is just a question of the end game, of how long and by what means the Federal Government of the United States and other western nations will continue to attempt to cover up their gross mismanagement, corruption and dereliction of duty.

At this point, the unresolved outstanding issue is whether or not the citizens of the United States and western countries will rise up, resist and overthrow the globalist overlords, coercion and agenda which is being forced on us, and which is continually reinforced by a massive propaganda and censorship campaign the likes of which the world has never seen before. This is modern twenty first century media warfare, and the common man is almost hopelessly outgunned.

We must rebuild Integrity, Dignity, and Community. Speak now, or you will be forced to forever hold your peace. But be smart about this. Read and understand the ancient wisdom of Sun-Tzu regarding strong and weak points when engaging with the enemy. Choose when, where and how to resist.

The Time is Now. Our lives, the lives of our children, and our ability to exercise free will are at stake.

Please join us in Washington DC
January 23, 2022 to Defeat the Vaccine Mandates.
United we stand, in peace we march.

We want to be…free.

Free to work. Free to travel. Free to learn. Free to question. Free to speak. Free to pray.

Free to say no.

The mandates are un-American.

Stop the mass firings.

Stop segregating by vaccination status.

Stop calling Americans “unpatriotic” for making a personal medical choice.

We’re coming home.

Americans of every class and color.

Democrats and Republicans.

Vaccinated and unvaccinated.

United we stand, in peace we march.

#DoNotComply

Please join us.

Makka
Makka
December 26, 2021 8:50 am

Fathers, brothers, uncles, entire inter war generations of men didn’t exist by the end of WW2.

Russians are only taught about the Great Patriotic War from the POV of their immense sacrifices and heroic victories. Nothing about the appalling raping and the pillaging that went on as the Red Army advanced west towards Berlin. The drunken debauchery they inflicted on civilians all accross eastern Europe is all denied and washed away. That look of sadness may also contain a little guilt.

Today, it’s common for summer wedding photos to be taken in front of the many WW2 monuments (great yuuuge sculptures in Russian town and city centres within acres of parkland). I’ve seen queues of several wedding groups lining up for the magic photo shoot in the sunshine in front of theses structures. The Russian memory of WW2 is very dear to many still, so pissed or not it was a brave yet very stupid lad that decided to take a leak on that monument.

srr
srr
December 26, 2021 9:05 am

New York Covid Detention Bill Is REAL, Governor Could Detain ANYONE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSq1PJFGNDE

Timcast IRL
1.18M subscribers
Tim, Luke, and Lydia join the guys from Fresh & Fit Podcast, Myron & Walter, to break down the insane New York laws that open the doors for so much authoritarianism.

Makka
Makka
December 26, 2021 9:08 am

The underlying truths of the grossly mismanaged globally coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak are becoming increasingly apparent to common citizens throughout the world.

We have been brutalized, incarcerated, bullied, harassed, many financially ruined and callously punished – all in the name of “protecting” our public health system. The same system our appalling Govts plough BILLIONS every year into, from our pockets. We have paid through the fkg nose for our public Health system and when now they claim it’s desperately needed, we find it’s so “fragile” , these governing c***s don’t hesitate to turn tyrant on us. What it’s all shown me is that these edifices of Govt incompetency are flourishing havens of fat wage parasites.

srr
srr
December 26, 2021 9:09 am

The United States Health and Human Services (HHS) system, once considered the world standard for medical research and for insuring purity, safety and effectiveness of drugs and vaccines

professional human drug testers (YES THERE ARE SUCH PEOPLE), used to hold the Australian system way above anywhere in the world, including the US.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 26, 2021 9:12 am

Yeah, joining these Marches could be a trap.
Government identifies the non compliant at it’s leisure, then it’s off to the Gulag if you’re lucky.
Reading about the PROMIS software, sold to Guatemala [and many other Countries, including Australia & New Zealand] in the 1980s.
They rounded up 20,000 dissidents there who were never seen again.

bespoke
bespoke
December 26, 2021 9:14 am

minsays:
December 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm
I have a man problem at the moment because started a relationship with me before reaching acceptance and resolution in the grief process after the death of wife that he is going through although when we first got together his behaviour indicated that he had.

I few years ago Helen wrote a about how she respected and preserved the memory of her husband’s dead wife.
I thought it very moving and selfless.

Zena
Zena
December 26, 2021 9:27 am

For those who watch Yellowstone:

‘In a world full of Karen’s, be a Beth.’

The only problem with that, given Winston’s video, is what Beth would have done differently to Karen!

Merry Christmas to everyone- hope you had a great day yesterday.

HD
HD
December 26, 2021 9:30 am

Mak Siccar says:
December 26, 2021 at 8:10 am

From the Spectator article:

“…incredibly dehumanising and undermine the basis for our profession. If we were consistent with this thinking and didn’t treat people who presented with injuries of their own making, it would exclude the majority of patients. Diabetes in people who don’t exercise or have a good diet? Liver disease in alcoholics? The comorbidities associated with drug-taking?”

This is the kind of thinking that enables sociopaths, psychopaths and persons that may be one of/ both the former to steer the sheep around them. Factitious disorder imposed on another ( Munchausen’s by-proxy) is another associated “co-morbidity” in these types that enjoy and derive self-worth via misrepresenting the illness, injury, misfortune and death of others in their process of co-opting the opinion as well as actions of others to further personal pathological causes.

Particularly of note for what is seen around the social forum, at least in my experience and promoted by msm, is the application of the above individual traits and behaviours to the corona context. It seems not unusual to note idiots framing the death of others as part of a fictitious narrative – the tragedy of the “fool(s)” that would not listen to (consensus) reason. The feigned facial expressions of regret and painfully asynchronous/ interdigitated shaking of the head with that mostly hidden glinting, trained and stationary eyes, the look of a nutter carefully observing for an emotive response in the subject. Much like a confidence artist/ pathological liar.

A personal transpositional example of this functional concept previously utilised is how all my relatives refer to my grandfather drinking himself to death. Though I never met the guy, Bullshit! Yes he died young of liver cancer, though during the era: 1960-70’s I believe that particular cause of death was common in fruit and horticulture operations/farming. Similar thing with cotton growers in the 80’s-90’s (Dieldrin). Dread the thought all those deaths may be related to DDT/ organochlorines. Couldn’t possibly be – all these blokes spraying it all and every day, getting soaked in and respiring the stuff. Look- the packet say’s it’s safe! Poor old hard working forebears/ ancestors, drank so much to cope with the incredibly hard work!

srr
srr
December 26, 2021 9:31 am

sorry, one finger typing caps lock fail

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 26, 2021 9:40 am

Yes he died young of liver cancer, though during the era: 1960-70’s I believe that particular cause of death was common in fruit and horticulture operations/farming.

Yeah, Apple and Grape growers used chemicals with Lead as the active ingredient right up into the 1970s.
Lead remains in the soil, the only responsible solution is to bulldoze the Orchard/Vineyard and grow annual crops that fruit above ground.

srr
srr
December 26, 2021 9:42 am

seems gab is broken atm; any other major sites down.

MatrixTransform
December 26, 2021 9:50 am

and grow annual crops that fruit above ground

are you saying they should stop grape mining?

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 26, 2021 9:54 am

Not to be constrained in the field of wrongology, Prof van Wrongselen borrows a page from the Cat’s own mutton king and pens a column on why the mask mandate is a good idea in Teh Weekend Paywallian..

Winston Smith
December 26, 2021 9:56 am

US Navy Warship Pauses Deployment After COVID-19 Outbreak Among ‘100 Percent Immunized’ Crew

“The crew is 100 percent immunized and all COVID-19 positive Sailors are isolated on board and away from other crew members. A portion of those infected have exhibited mild symptoms. The vaccine continues to demonstrate effectiveness against serious illness.”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 26, 2021 10:02 am

why the mask mandate is a good idea

It is a good idea.

If ideology over common sense is the main game.

cuckoo
cuckoo
December 26, 2021 10:04 am

Had a good laugh during the week watching SBS news. The lovely Janice Petersen had to deliver a correction to an earlier bulletin, about the daily tally of covid cases in some Australian jurisidiction: “We incorrectly stated the number was 300. The correct number was…3“. Wish I had it on video.

Aaron
Aaron
December 26, 2021 10:10 am

Lot of heart trouble coincidences these days Croatia mourns 23 yo footballer.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 26, 2021 10:12 am

“But Prof you’re not that sort of doctor.”

Aaron
Aaron
December 26, 2021 10:15 am

Sorry. Wrong link.
Story here.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
December 26, 2021 10:17 am

Morn all… Bwahahahaha from my visit up that way early in the year and dispatches about the crime wave that even caught up one of the magistrates this is duly deserved. They had the chance 2yr ago to rid themselves of 3 useless state members and re=elected the lot. Stockholm Syndrome anyone.

https://www.news.com.au/travel/viral-facebook-page-s-towns-of-australia-reveals-2021s-worst-towns/news-story/612f0b6a5444f8eb910e452eed32d4b0

rosie
rosie
December 26, 2021 10:22 am

One family member is baulking at a proposed road trip to Sydney because Sydney is covid and Melbourne is not, apparently.
And that despite being double vaxxed and not high risk.
not such a gay old time

  1. Yeah, we know…like Chris Uhlman, Dutton wants to be in the club. Strictly speaking, as it’s a head of state…

  2. As much as you are a mental midget and say the most ridiculous things I wish you well with suspected…

  3. I just think Dutton did okay on POTUS. Why go all out in an unstatesmanlike fashion? If it were Xi,…

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