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  1. Part way through watching the Dr Mike Yeadon video posted by Vicki at 3:54 Friday – wow!

    Got to go and get some kip, another work day tomorrow, but I have to watch the rest of that video. The first hour and 6 minutes is enough to blow the whole covid lie out of the water. If you haven’t watched it and shared it already, do yourself and those you care about a big favour and watch and share it.

    Will we make any impression on those who can and should stop this entire charade? Maybe, maybe not, but if we don’t do our best to stop it, we’re stuffed.


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  2. Looking at the header artwork for the thread, that’s a pretty intense gaze on the Lady of Shallott!

    I always wonder about the models for classical paintings, who they were, how they ended up as models for what became works of art that long outlived them, works now hung in major galleries around the world to be admired by people centuries later.


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  3. US fast food chains are big business in China:

    4:50

    A consumer group called the China Consumer Association (CCA) on Wednesday called for a national boycott of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) because the restaurant chain is running a toy promotion that drives some Chinese customers into delirious buying frenzies.

    KFC launched the promotion to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its extremely successful expansion into China. KFC was the first American fast food company to open restaurants in China, and today it is the most successful by a wide margin, boasting over 7,900 locations in 1,600 cities operated by a corporation called Yum China.

    KFC has almost double the Chinese market share of runner-up McDonalds, and over three times as many locations. The main KFC restaurant in Beijing sprawls over 3,600 square feet and seats 500 people.

    Kentucky Fried Chicken is, to sum up, a very big deal in China.

    KFC’s Chinese locations include some local menu items not sold in American stores, and it runs some promotions unique to the Chinese market. Last week, the restaurant teamed up with a toy company called Pop Mart for its 35th anniversary celebration, offering “mystery boxes” containing special editions of a collectible doll called Dimoo.

    Dimoo are plastic dolls of wide-eyed children dressed in fanciful costumes. The KFC Dimoo are dressed up as various items from the menu, plus a Dimoo of the company’s founder and longtime mascot, Colonel Sanders.

    #KFC and toymaker #PopMart have joined hands to launch Dimoo&KFC toys, creating a frenzy on the internet, with consumers sharing photos or videos of dozens of fried chicken “family buckets” that they’ve bought to get the toys. #InvestinChina https://t.co/3eXoU0tJ7P pic.twitter.com/gFoddw7CLc

    — Invest in China (@investing_china) January 11, 2022

    There are a lot of Dimoo to collect, and over the summer a secondary craze of “DIY Dimoo” swept China, as avid collectors began creating their own Dimoo or customizing the existing toys. In China, Dimoo are like Cabbage Patch Kids or Beanie Babies all over again. As with those earlier crazes, some fans are going overboard in their zeal to collect as many as possible.

    KFC’s Happy Meal-style “mystery boxes” turned Dimoo collecting into a form of gambling, with huge mountains of fried chicken as the ante. The toys are only included with KFC’s “family bucket” meals, which cost 99 yuan (about $15.45).

    The Colonel is apparently not as patriotic as the image suggests.


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  4. Ann Coulter always needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but I reckon she is on the money with this one:

    Five underage girls had given police sworn statements that Epstein had sexually abused them, backed by 17 other witnesses, but when Krischer brought the case to the grand jury, weirdly, he allowed only one of the girls to testify — and then attacked her on the stand! (Epstein’s attorneys had helpfully provided Krischer’s office with the girl’s posts on MySpace, where she talked about boys and drinking, the little harlot.)

    According to an extensive review by the Palm Beach Post, most of Krischer’s 2,800-page investigative file on the case consists of dirt against the teens — and against the police — given to him by Epstein’s lawyers. (Thanks, Epstein attorneys! Do we owe you anything?)

    The grand jurors, who’d been meticulously kept in the dark by Krischer, ended up voting only for a single charge of “solicitation of prostitution” against Epstein in 2006. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years’ probation. No jail time, no record as a sex offender — no criminal record whatsoever.

    According to Nexis, only one newspaper, the Palm Beach Post, reported at the time — or ever — that Palm Beach prosecutor Krischer gave Epstein probation for his years of child abuse.

    Lotsa big names being covered up here.


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  5. Haven’t been commenting much. The “this country is a shithole” by people who never leave (shades of the “I’ll emigrate if Trump is elected”) and “the International Conspiracy” stuff, repeated over and over and over again, is tedious and boring.

    Those who don’t like Australia – stop complaining and piss off. As for the others, I am yet to hear any constructive solutions.

    Those who say things like ‘Australia is a shit streaked piss bowl’ need to lock into reality. In particular, which Nirvana on the planet do they prefer? Amazing how the discussion tapers off when they find out about the rest of the world. Not to mention that Austraslia is undoubtedly in the top five of places to live generally.

    I tune out of here from time to time because reading some of the most privileged people on the planet behaving like toddlers (who have no sense of history) indicates better use of time.

    Those endless, boring and repetetive comments along the lines of we’re doomed, and the people we don’t like should be strung up (with variants) don’t make for interesting reading.


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  6. Thank you Tom so much goodness in those cartoons today, loved Leak, Branco ( Donkey-Wokey’ s ass appears to have the eyes and dentition of AOC), Goodwyn (the Demonrats certainly only have the dregs to call on, old stinky dregs at that) and Kelley (the Demonrats have always been the slavers)


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  7. “The delivery of the Australian Open last year was a challenge but we got it done and it was a great event and I’m sure it’ll be the case again this year,” Mr Merlino said.

    Except that, if you don’t have the world’s best players competing, the title will have all the mystique of a Paralympic Gold medal*.

    * Not meant to be offensive, just realistic.


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  8. Haven’t been commenting much. The “this country is a shithole” by people who never leave (shades of the “I’ll emigrate if Trump is elected”) and “the International Conspiracy” stuff, repeated over and over and over again, is tedious and boring.

    Those who don’t like Australia – stop complaining and piss off. As for the others, I am yet to hear any constructive solutions.

    Those who say things like ‘Australia is a shit streaked piss bowl’ need to lock into reality. In particular, which Nirvana on the planet do they prefer? Amazing how the discussion tapers off when they find out about the rest of the world. Not to mention that Austraslia is undoubtedly in the top five of places to live generally.

    I tune out of here from time to time because reading some of the most privileged people on the planet behaving like toddlers (who have no sense of history) indicates better use of time.

    Those endless, boring and repetetive comments along the lines of we’re doomed, and the people we don’t like should be strung up (with variants) don’t make for interesting reading.

    Agree it’s disgusting and boring- armchair bellyachers. The ones I really loathe are the FIFO critics.


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  9. Those who don’t like Australia – stop complaining and piss off. As for the others, I am yet to hear any constructive solutions.

    No constructive solutions?
    This is what’s posted here on a daily basis.
    Whoever posted this lacks basic comprehension skills.


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  10. Regardless of what ones thoughts are regard RATs, it shows that there’s zero accountability when it comes to the CHO’s (again).
    I’m reading a research report this morning showing how many RATs are manufactured in Australia & are exported.
    There’s a QLD company that’s been making these things since the end of 2020 & scaled up production last year.
    They continually engaged with QLD health but were told repeatedly no thanks.
    But Jeannette Young gets promoted.


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  11. Mater says:
    January 15, 2022 at 6:03 am

    “The delivery of the Australian Open last year was a challenge but we got it done and it was a great event and I’m sure it’ll be the case again this year,” Mr Merlino said.

    Except that, if you don’t have the world’s best players competing, the title will have all the mystique of a Paralympic Gold medal*.

    * Not meant to be offensive, just realistic.

    Precisely.
    Would be interesting to see the #1 up against the winner of the Aus. Open next tournament.


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  12. I assumed Johanna was referring to lack of constructive solutions from the bellyachers.

    Probably because there is none. What they have set in motion, cannot be stopped.

    As I said yesterday, sit back and warm your hands as Australia burns. Like any fire in Australia, the insanity will need to burn out naturally, or will require an ‘act of God’ to intervene. Like any fire, it can possibly be shaped a little to protect some critical things, but the bulk of the destruction is preordained (and was from the very first brain fart lockdown).

    Save your energy for looking after your family, and the heavy lifting which will follow.


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  13. From Glenn Greenwald’s substack this morning.

    That the filibuster is an inherently racist tool, a relic of Jim Crow, is an odd position for Democrats to take given that just yesterday, they used the filibuster to block legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Indeed, Sen. Cruz’s bill not only attracted the votes of forty-nine out of fifty Republican Senators (the only exception was Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)), but also six Democratic Senators who face close races in 2022 and/or are from purple states: Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), , Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA). That meant that Cruz had 55 votes for his bill — a clear majority. So why did it not pass? Because Senate Democrats invoked the racist Jim Crow relic in order to refuse to allow a vote on that bill unless it first attained 60 votes to close the debate. In other words, Democrats — on Thursday— used the filibuster to block Cruz’s bill despite its having the support of the majority of the Senate.

    What makes the Democrats’ conduct here even more notable is the substance of Cruz’s bill that they blocked with the filibuster. Cruz sought to impose sanctions on the Russian pipeline company Nord Stream 2, which is constructing the pipeline that will allow Moscow to sell large amounts of cheap natural gas to Germany and to Europe more broadly. There are few more pressing priorities for the Kremlin, if there are any, than construction of this pipeline. So by blocking Cruz’s bill, Democrats not only used a racist filibuster, but they did so in order to protect Vladimir Putin and a vital Russian company from sanctions.

    Will Maddow now say the Democrats are in Putin’s pocket?


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  14. tiresome and defeatist

    True on both counts, but not wrong.

    This insanity now has its own microclimate, which prevents external interference. Even those who started it couldn’t bring it under control, even if they wanted to.

    If Morrison (or even Andrews) stood up today and said; “It’s no longer dangerous, stop testing and start living”, what do you think the petrified, hysterical Karen’s would do? Ignore that which now defines their lives?

    No, the Karen’s need to start getting hungry and being denied their usual comforts before they will start weighting things up in a rational manner. Hence, it’s going to have to reach its logical conclusion.


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  15. “What they have set in motion cannot be stopped”,

    No question about it. The idiotic queues lining up to be tested is testimony to it. The arm of the government – the media – is continuing the hysteria & the government can’t stop if.

    Fools the lot of them.


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  16. From Glenn Greenwald’s substack this morning.

    Dems are the real racists, eh?
    That entire piece is insane bullshit, notice that Rand Paul, the only credible Republican Senator, voted against Lyin’ Ted’s Bill.


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  17. Ahahaha! Thanks Dover!

    For Cats not in the know, that’s a portrait of (a much younger) me in the middle of a project and the doorbell rings.

    Glad you didn’t use the bunny boiler wailing in the boat version. 😀


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  18. Sancho Panzer says:
    January 15, 2022 at 4:45 am
    Thanks Tom.
    “Burly Chassis” … short, cackle.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will look into it.

    Sorry! That report button is to close on an iPhone…


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  19. For Cats not in the know, that’s a portrait of (a much younger) me in the middle of a project and the doorbell rings.

    …reaching for the shotgun.

    Or did that come much much and and then some later?


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  20. After two years watching celebrities and sportsmen flow freely across borders, the absurd fuss about Djokovic is just embarrassing. The guy has had covid, and is, by definition, immune.


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  21. Yes there is. Just not the feelgood fantasies that get all the attention.

    I’m all ears, Bespoke, lay it on me.
    I’m up for a challenge…if it’s workable!


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  22. After two years watching celebrities and sportsmen flow freely across borders, the absurd fuss about Djokovic is just embarrassing.

    And I dare say that if they dug into all of their visa declarations, social media posts and prior movements, with the same vigour, things might be even more embarrassing.


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  23. Djokovic breaks Serb quarantine/isolation laws, travels to foreign countries in breach of Serb isolation laws, breaches isolation to attend photo ops, falsifies Australian immigration documentation and covid vax declaration requirements – so after being made fools of in their own courts for attempting to deport Djokovic once, the inept Australian Govt goes all in a second time to deport Djoko on the grounds of…………. fears of inciting anti-vaxxers?!

    FMD, the depth of incompetency in this Govt is bottomless.


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  24. Yes it is, Ed. They followed up people who had SARS1 and found that they still had antibodies eleven years after the infection.

    They followed up on people who had the 1918 Spanish flu and 90 years later they still had antibodies.


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  25. Why is everyone so worried about Djokovic’s health anyway? He hasn’t got the bug, but he might get the bug?

    It isn’t about the virus at all.

    He had the hide to challenge their petty, stupid and ultimately tyrannical “vaccine” demands. And for that the Karens say he must pay.


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  26. “I tune out of here from time to time because reading some of the most privileged people on the planet behaving like toddlers (who have no sense of history) indicates better use of time.”

    How do you know how “privileged” people are here? The truth is that you don’t know. People here who read this blog and/or comment have varied backgrounds and occupations…some privileged, some not.

    As for accusing posters of “behaving like toddlers”, worth remembering that line when you next have a vicious and spiteful spray at Lizzie.


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  27. None of the Tennis players have been vaccinated, they’re not stupid, except for Djokovic, who is silly enough to boast about it.
    If the saga gives people who are still awake a heads up to reject the Vax, it will have been well worth it.


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  28. Why is everyone so worried about Djokovic’s health anyway? He hasn’t got the bug, but he might get the bug?

    He travelled into a State brimming with the bug, he doesn’t have the bug, but he’s being thrown out because he isn’t vaccinated against the bug.

    Surely, if the bug was anything to worry about, an elite athlete, in his prime, earning millions of dollars solely from his physical ability, wouldn’t need encouragement to stay away?

    It’s a shit show. One that severely insults my intelligence.


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  29. Makka beat me to it. “Health” and “anti-vaxx encouragement” appear to be the grounds of cancellation.

    Both idiotic, when there was so much fertile soil there to till.

    Did they really want the exploding cigar after all?

    And in other news, I see Deadman made an appearance on the old thread. Worth a look.


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  30. He had the hide to challenge their petty, stupid and ultimately tyrannical “vaccine” demands.

    He did nothing of the sort, he snuck into Australia thru the back door.

    And for that the Karens say he must pay.

    “Karen” is a derogatory term for White women, used by blacks in America.


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  31. “He travelled into a State brimming with the bug, he doesn’t have the bug, but he’s being thrown out because he isn’t vaccinated against the bug.”

    It’s Kafkaesque.


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  32. Joh had a point about positivity and defeat and privilege.

    Something I have to remind myself of daily. Easy in some ways as I look out on a lily filled lake (but don’t have to worry about curses and silly mirrors) and roos lounging in the still-warm bunkers, their ears just above the rim like TV antennas.

    I watched Dr Zhivago last night. People have lived through stupider times.


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  33. No, the Karen’s need to start getting hungry and being denied their usual comforts before they will start weighting things up in a rational manner. Hence, it’s going to have to reach its logical conclusion

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    Aka – ‘things will have to get worse before they get better’, and fortunately they are, as the corpse of the economy finally begins to noticeably smell (inflation and empty shelves now appearing). At the start, I said ‘ the medical effects will be serious (I was wrong, they weren’t) but the economic effects will be catastrophic (still think I got that one right). Unfortunately, I didnt predict the biggest downside – tyranny, 🙁


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  34. ” Unfortunately, I didnt predict the biggest downside – tyranny, ?”

    I don’t think any of us predicted it.

    Nice to see you flyingduk.


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  35. None of the Tennis players have been vaccinated, they’re not stupid, except for Djokovic, who is silly enough to boast about it.

    The disconnect between the hundreds of European sportsmen collapsing mid match and the dearth in Australia and the US suggests a different ‘vaccination’ experience in certain geographic locations.


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  36. Nice to see you flyingduk.

    morning !

    But I must run – off to drive a neighbour for a PCR – he has finally developed symptoms after the rest of his house has. Sadly, I appear to be immune – this is my last chance I think.


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  37. Anchor What says:
    January 15, 2022 at 5:39 am
    Branco also impishly included the sippy cup!

    That’s a very clever effort on Branco’s behalf. I wonder how many of the poorly read current generation will get it?


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  38. He did nothing of the sort, he snuck into Australia thru the back door.

    So why isn’t he being deported on those grounds, where evidence supposedly exists. Not some spurious concern about potentially upsetting anti-vaxxers? Could it be our laws are so shot full of holes they can’t survive a decent challenge?

    It’s looking to me like some tenacious dude with a big checque book has exposed how lawfully pathetic these emergency laws really are. It’s taken a bloody foreigner to expose the sham. Where were our human rights legal champions these last 2 years? They have been in bed with our obnoxious Govts, state and federal.


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  39. “I watched Dr Zhivago last night. People have lived through stupider times.”

    Of course they have….sadly human history is replete with worse situations but it doesn’t detract from the suffering and misery of people who’ve lost business through lockdowns, who’ve been separated from family and other loved ones, who haven’t been able to attend funerals because of tyrannical state governments, who’ve lost jobs because of their stance on vaccination (think “rickw”)…and I could go on.

    Comparing “times” is relativism writ large. It’s something the left do all the time.


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  40. So why isn’t he being deported on those grounds, where evidence supposedly exists.

    Who cares?
    The Minister has discretion, he’s used it.
    End of story.
    If you don’t like it, you can hand out How To Vote cards for Albanese.
    He’s saying everybody from Birth to Death must be Fully Vaccinated.


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  41. What about that lineswoman he hit fair in the face with a fucking tennis ball traveling at 200 kph at the U.S. Open?
    He got away with that, he shoulda been barred for Life.


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  42. Who cares?
    The Minister has discretion, he’s used it.

    Rubbish. The court is going to decide the legitimacy of both attempted cancellations by the Minister. So far the score is Djoko 1- Govt 0.


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  43. Cassie, I’m not being relativist, at least not in the way you think.

    It’s purely personal and a way of avoiding self-pity and a defeatist attitude. In the same way I see guys like rickw and others doing their best in the circumstances.

    I’ve already been called a Bolshevik at SincCat. Writ large or writ small, I’m pretty sure I’m not.


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  44. Alex Hawke should be cooked goose in a day or so thanks to the Fed court.
    I think there’s little chance a judge will allow the rationale given for cancelling the visa to stand.
    How could they?
    It sets a very low bar for refusal and would be wide open for future abuse by politicians.


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  45. Of all the lobbying to adopt leftist tactics the ‘long road’ is left out.

    If you are suggesting a reverse ‘march through the institutions’, it’s not going to save us from the ramifications of the Covid insanity.

    Even if feasible, that’s a Plough Horse. Covid’s a Racehorse.

    That’s a long term strategy. Much hurt to be had before then.


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  46. Another top article in the Oz today by Steve Waterson with his monthly takedown contribution:

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/inquirer/double-fault-for-team-novak-djokovic-and-team-common-sense/news-story/ca33460712aa309b2d72201547b48d89

    There were cynics who doubted the clowns who run this country could maintain their high standards of idiocy into this third year of pandemonium, but here they come again, tripping over their giant shoes as they enter the ring. Buffoons of that pedigree were never going to let us down.

    True to their vision, we’re trapped in a miasma of bumbling incompetence, leavened with spiteful, vindictive meddling in our private lives. Polka-dotted bowler hats off to them, I say.

    What a wacky week these crazy kids have delivered us. But before we luxuriate in the comic masterpiece of the Australian Open and the government’s removal of reigning champion Novak Djokovic late on Friday, we should pause to applaud the latest jewel in the crown of our leaders’ stupidity: the screamingly funny $1000 fine for not filing your positive rapid antigen test to the NSW government’s gnomes.

    The early promise and backbone shown by the NSW Premier suggested he’d fluffed his lines, but normal nonsense programming was restored at the prompting of his Health Ministry halfwits and a couple of Sydney talkback windbags. Their barrage of uneducated blustering and bullying, echoed by the shrieking flock of Chicken Littles that nest in our print media, saw the Premier’s resolve evaporate like the morning mist.

    Given his government has no idea who among its subjects has the RAT kits – (I bought a couple of packets a month ago – or did I?) – nor how many they have, or whether they’ve been used, correctly or otherwise, or by whom, or what result they gave, it seems unlikely that any fines will be collected. So, an unenforceable law to deal with an undetectable offence with a mighty but undeliverable penalty. If there’s a more amusing way of inviting contempt for the rules and their creators, I look forward to it.

    You can see the appeal, though: at a grand a pop they only need to catch 11 million recalcitrants and – bingo! – that’s paid for the 58 million PCR tests we’ve conducted so far.

    Besides, self-reporting has marvellous potential. In some US cities there have been calls to defund the police, but our jokers have gone one better and outsourced the role to the citizens. A simple command to report oneself on pain of punishment – why did no one think of that before?

    “Hello, NSW police? I drove home on New Year’s Eve and used a breath-test machine to discover to my horror that I was marginally over the limit. Please suspend my licence for three months – oh, and there’s a cheque for $1500 in the post.”

    Meanwhile, infections continue to climb, hundreds of thousands a day, boosted by the eager self-testers who uploaded their results to the health services website. So after nearly two years of kicking it, here’s where the can has ended up.

    We should rejoice that the Omigod! variant is less deadly than Delta Force, apparently by 20 per cent, or 10 per cent, or 48 times less virulent, or 97 per cent weaker (I fear I’ve been reading too widely). I have no idea what these figures mean, or how they can possibly be calculated; and their vast range tells me nobody else does either. They’re no more trustworthy than the daily case numbers regurgitated by our media, whose very precision makes them suspect.

    Does anyone with the tiniest shred of intelligence really believe we are tracking every infection? I know a dozen people who’ve had positive RAT results but have no intention of throwing themselves into the maw of a health bureaucracy that will order them into isolation. And if my experience is not unique, then there must be hundreds of thousands more live cases out there, many with mild or no symptoms, which means the latest instalment of Covid is even less deadly than we are told.

    If so, we are now recording and overreacting to a disease no more dangerous than seasonal flu. The reborn urge to track contacts, to order isolation and quarantine, to mandate daily tests (impossible to source) in order to validate exemptions for critical services, is causing more chaos than at any time since the madness took possession of us.

    Helpful messages pop up on phones after a visit to the pub, informing you that when you checked in, someone with Covid was there “around the same time”. Then you are advised to “monitor for symptoms”. Good Lord, now you mention it I do have extreme pain and fever, a sore throat and a blinding headache, plus I’ve lost my sense of smell. Thanks for the tip, NSW Health, I might never have noticed. What a pity you have no advice on how to treat it.

    To those businesses that survived destructive and unnecessary lockdowns thanks to the fabulous largesse of our various JobKeeper programs, good luck getting through the pseudo (but every bit as harmful) lockdowns generated by the insane requirement for many healthy staff to stay at home – this time with no financial support.

    In Victoria, the legal fun looks set to continue, featuring backflip after hilarious backflip. With their inept, confused and torturous mishandling of what looked, no matter what side you favour, to be a simple visa decision, the PM and his ministers have turned the modest success of his “Where the bloody hell are you?” campaign to attract overseas tourists into a triumphant “What the bloody hell are you doing here?” drive to dissuade them from coming.

    News reports worldwide have focused on the battle to protect Australia from a Serbian tennis ace. I don’t know if we’re the laughing stock some critics say we are, but I doubt there are many potential visitors racing to their travel agents after viewing the fiasco we’ve created.

    Lawyers say hard cases make bad laws; but bad laws also make hard cases. Some of us have clung from the start to the belief that an Australian passport holder should be allowed to enter Australia at any time, and that Australians should be allowed to move unchallenged around their nation. Many didn’t want our international borders to be closed at all, although the hysteria that discarded the world’s carefully prepared pandemic contingency plans put an end to that foolish dream.

    So if those who have opposed the country’s brutal border closure now adopt the PM’s “rules are rules” platitude (as though the rules were dropped here from outer space, rather than born of his own unseemly and unending panic), we are valuing the internal coherence of a bad system over our desire to see a measured, reasonable response to an unvaccinated person seeking entry to a country where almost everyone is vaccinated.

    Djokovic came here for our entertainment, and to enrich himself and his trophy cabinet, not to infect Australians with a disease he doesn’t have or to spread his simple-minded anti-vax message. The “Gotcha!” reaction to a couple of trivial form-filling errors and the embarrassing interview process he was subjected to show how thoroughly Covid paranoia has penetrated our institutions.

    It’s not clear to me why anyone would fraudulently claim they hadn’t been to Spain in the fortnight before heading to Australia. I don’t believe such a visit is prohibited by our entry laws, which are designed to capture travel to more problematic places than the Costa del Sol.

    Nor do I see why a multi-millionaire globetrotting celebrity, in a sport famous for mollycoddling its stars like newborn babies, would be filling out his own online visa application, doubtless one of dozens his minders arrange for him each year.

    Trouble is, the principles of fair play are so much more difficult to defend when the super-entitled “victim”, backed by a phalanx of clever lawyers, is such an absolute tosser, and not that lovely Roger Federer. Maybe we should have another yes/no question on the visa application: Are you a dickhead? But until we do, we should not have indulged the mob howling for the expulsion of the world’s No.1 tennis player from what may be the only globally significant sporting event we will host this year. Anyone who believed Djokovic was more of a threat to public health than any of the thousands who would pay to watch him play is an idiot. He doesn’t dive into Young & Jackson for a post-game beer during the tournament; and, more importantly, he doesn’t have any Covid to transmit.

    I imagine you have to be profoundly obsessive and self-centred to excel in any individual sport, although Djokovic does seem to wear an extra layer of charmlessness. His gloating Instagram post that he had secured a medical exemption to enter this hermit kingdom stung anyone impacted by our travel restrictions (and I speak as one of them, forbidden to visit my dying father or attend his funeral).

    Nevertheless, Djokovic’s obstinacy may have done some good. He deserves no credit for it, as his motives were primarily mercenary, but perhaps his immigration farce will persuade a few more people to question the benefit of continuing these pointless prohibitions, though I won’t be holding my breath.

    In a proper big top, the clowns appear between performers of genuine talent: tightrope walkers, lion tamers, trapeze artists, jugglers; but our cavalcade of stupidity looks set to go on and on, with no relief and no skills on display. If we’ve learned one thing from our politicians during the pandemic, it’s that a circus composed of clowns and nothing else is no laughing matter.


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  47. Scotty has plenty of questions to answer over Brittany Higgins, that was the Government’s low point but I think he might be outta the Woods with his handling of the Djoker.


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  48. he shoulda been barred for Life.

    Then wtf wasn’t he? I loathe the dude but if after all the clear supposedly legal breaches he has committed, this should be a cut and dry case. Yet clearly it is not. Meanwhile,ever present govt incompetence is on display showing when challenged they can’t legally enforce the laws we have been chained down with for 2 years. In that respect, perhaps we should be thanking Djoko for bank rolling this demolition.


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  49. Ed Case says:
    January 15, 2022 at 8:34 am
    What about that lineswoman he hit fair in the face with a fucking tennis ball traveling at 200 kph at the U.S. Open?
    He got away with that, he shoulda been barred for Life.

    Crap Ed?
    Lineswoman was a diversity hire and couldn’t dodge a tennis ball coming her way on a tennis court.
    Ever played at the net in men’s tennis Ed?
    I used to hit the ball fair at the head of any twit who crowded the net.


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  50. The Australian is trying to do a McMahon on the Morrison Government, Steve Waterson can’t find any reason why we can’t kick Djokovic out, so he blusters on for 2,000 words anyway.


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  51. “callisays:
    January 15, 2022 at 8:38 am
    Cassie, I’m not being relativist, at least not in the way you think.

    It’s purely personal and a way of avoiding self-pity and a defeatist attitude. In the same way I see guys like rickw and others doing their best in the circumstances.”

    I don’t see much self-pity or defeatism here. I see justifiable anger at what has happened to this country over the last two years. I know a few Cats personally and I’m privy to what some of them are going through. It isn’t easy. I don’t regard their suffering as “self-pity”…..and I haven’t seen any “defeatism”. What I have seen is a lot of anger and fury…..and as far as I’m concerned it’s righteous anger. We’ve all been angry…including you. And why shouldn’t people here express their anger on these pages, so we’re supposed to come to the Cat and just write feel good crap to please the censorious. No thank you.


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  52. You can see the appeal, though: at a grand a pop they only need to catch 11 million recalcitrants and – bingo! – that’s paid for the 58 million PCR tests we’ve conducted so far.

    As Mrs Beeton says, “First, catch your recalcitrant.”.

    Waterson reads the Cat. Or he has a good whack of observing the bleedin’ obvious. Shame our governments are incapable of this, despite all being Higher Edumacated.


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  53. Meanwhile, ever present govt incompetence is on display showing blah blah blah …

    Where’s the incompetence?
    He’s booted, he’ll be outta the Country in a coupla days, provided he doesn’t claim Asylum.


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  54. Mater, you seem a bit down today.

    When you submitted to the mandated treatment, you made a comment of falling back to the next line.
    I think the battle of the “boosters” hasn’t yet been fought.
    Plus Stairman Dan and Sneakers both said this week boosters will be ongoing for years. Not what most have in mind.

    The EU this week has been talking down repeated “boosters” due to immune suppression.
    Turning the Tables on Our Tyrants at American Thinker is worth a read.
    Actually, if you agree it’s mass formation, the wall will crumble like the Berlin wall when it comes down.
    The 30% locked in to the narrative are never going to change.
    The battle of the “boosters” can be won. L


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  55. johanna

    Those who say things like ‘Australia is a shit streaked piss bowl’ need to lock into reality. In particular, which Nirvana on the planet do they prefer? Amazing how the discussion tapers off when they find out about the rest of the world. Not to mention that Austraslia is undoubtedly in the top five of places to live generally.

    Well said, the whole post. Either fight back, or p1ss orf.


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  56. Denis Rancourt:
    https://guadalajarageopolitics.com/2022/01/12/denis-rancourt-covid19-is-a-war-measure-for-population-control-in-shadow-of-us-china-conflict/
    Summary:

    Scientist Denis Rancourt returns to discuss his new paper which demonstrates that a pandemic did not occur. Whereas in some countries there was little to no excess mortality, in others like the USA, the 1 million excess deaths can be attributed directly to the government health measures and pandemic-response policies. He sees no evidence for a virulent respiratory disease. The U.S. is decoupling from China with whom it is in an economic war. As a result, there’s going to be huge inflation which will wipe out the savings of ordinary people. He sees “COVID19” as being war measures applied to completely control domestic populations in the shadow of the U.S.-China geopolitical and geoeconomic conflict that will last at least a decade and even risk hot war. A totalitarian system is being put into place to get rid of democracy, and it has the potential to last a really long time. All countries must apply these measures in the context of this global war to ensure stability against unrest among their own populations. He thinks Western elites want an e-currency that will take over the world and gobble up any completing digital currencies, and which also cannot be circumvented. We also discuss resistance and non-compliance.



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  57. Slept in on a dark drizzly morning so I haven’t had time to scroll back to see if this has already been raised:

    “A very small group chose to follow their own way and it kind of makes the majority look like they’re all fools or something.” Stefanos Tsitsipas, new favourite to take out the AO.

    He doesn’t realise it but he’s accurately summarised the case against mandatory vaccinations and argued for Novak’s stance on freedom of travel.


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  58. Ed Casesays:
    January 15, 2022 at 8:23 am
    Hopkins in a Glowie.
    Avi Yemeni looks like another Glowie.

    Takes one to know one?

    PS, update your understanding of the vernacular, language changes, as do the meanings of words.


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  59. Makka

    Where were our human rights legal champions these last 2 years? They have been in bed with our obnoxious Govts, state and federal.

    Not quite, they were always campaigners for a particular (Green/fascist Left) side of politics.


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  60. Takes one to know one?

    You said it.

    PS, update your understanding of the vernacular, language changes, as do the meanings of words.

    You’re invoking the Macquarie Dictionary as a credible source now?

    Glowie/FedPoster/Agents Provocateur, take your pick, it’s the same thing.


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  61. Those who don’t like Australia – stop complaining and piss off. As for the others, I am yet to hear any constructive solutions.

    better — stay here and fix it.


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  62. I used to hit the ball fair at the head of any twit who crowded the net.

    Yup. When I played squash I used to whack the ball at full speed into my opponent if he was stupid enough to position himself in front of me.


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  63. Novak Djokovic is being interviewed by Border Force officials this morning before he is set to front court, then be escorted into immigration detention.
    He has a mammoth weekend ahead battling Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision on Friday night to cancel the Serbian sportsman’s visa for a second time, with the Australian Open due to begin on Monday……

    The legal team is set to front the Federal Court by video link at 10.15am, with the hearing having been transferred to Justice David O’Callaghan in the Federal Court.
    The bulk of the hearing will occur on Sunday, after a mention on Saturday……..

    At Friday’s late-night court hearing, Djokovic’s lawyer Nick Wood SC criticised the timing of Mr Hawke’s decision and said every minute was “extremely precious” for the men’s tennis world No.1, who as the top seed is set to play his first match of the Australian Open on Monday.
    “We are where we are because of the time the minister has taken,” Mr Wood said.
    “We are moving as fast as we can.”
    In a preview of what will be debated in front of Justice O’Callaghan, Mr Wood revealed one of the reasons Djokovic’s visa was cancelled was the concern over the Serb “exciting anti-vax sentiment” if he was allowed to stay in Australia.
    Mr Wood described the reasoning as “patently irrational”, saying the decision did not consider whether removing Djokovic from the country would have a similar effect……

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/novak-djokovic-return-to-detention-federal-court-hearing-after-second-visa-cancelled-australian-open/bd15d15c-ef53-47b3-95d2-b218cedc1512?ref=BP_RSS_ninenews_0_novak-djokovic-being-interviewed-by-border-force-ahead-of-weeken_140122


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  64. The tennis player has been canceled for the same reason that AHPRA sent out an notice explaining it will be canceling doctors and nurses licenses who don’t Amway upsell the vaccine and the army is in charge of rolling it out, and the media are propaganda rags who will critisise the government but won’t critisise the war…

    The Commonwealth government has been treating the vaccine rollout like a psuedo wartime effort and is using the same levers it has during a war to batter anyone with influence who threatens the war effort into submission.


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  65. I used to hit the ball fair at the head of any twit who crowded the net.
    Etcetera.

    3 Cheers for both of you, then?
    Ever been to a Pro Tournament?
    These guys have pinpoint control.
    The lineswoman was sitting in her chair and Djokovic slammed a ball in her direction at 220 kph during a break in play.
    Totally unexpected.
    Hit her fair in the face.
    He was immediately disqualified, shoulda been Barred For Life.
    At least Alex Hawke has made some amends for this poor woman.
    Good on him.


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  66. Here’s a constructive solution.
    Novak teams up with the tennis players’ union to get the AO officially renamed “Asia Pacific Open” and moved permanently to the Phillipines.


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  67. So despite Tassie’s draconian Covid laws.. I have pretty concrete evidence that one or more friends of mine picked up the ‘rona in Hobart.

    They live in apparently ‘awash’ Sydney.. but did not pick it up here.


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  68. Mater, you seem a bit down today.

    Not really.

    Nah, facing up to the likely result is liberating and actually has the opposite effect. My fight is far from done, but it’ll only shape the situation, not stop it.

    Even if we win ‘the Battle of the Boosters’, the precedents set during this event are appalling. The weaknesses in the Australian psyche and our system are now evident and obvious. Getting rid of the ‘vaccinated economy’ is but a small element.

    I’m realistic enough to know we are not going to snap back to what we were.
    I’m practical enough to plan for that. Some bells can’t be unrung.

    I’m in great spirits, and will be putting my shoulder to the wheel at every opportunity…to SHAPE the inevitable outcome as best I can.

    Let’s be honest, though. Omicron is the perfect ‘booster’ and is the ideal excuse to bring this to an end. Yet what are seeing? People fighting for RATs and queuing in record numbers to confirm they have it. It is litmus test for people’s ability to let go of their anxiety. Their inability to do so has surprised both myself, and even the most optimistic around me. The ‘Battle of the Boosters’ might be a closer run thing than I had hoped. It is the next Battleline, whether it holds is still in doubt.


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  69. Their inability to do so has surprised both myself, and even the most optimistic around me.

    Yes. I have had the horrible experience of explaining, watching the light of understanding dawn in the eyes, and then have it shut down and return to anxiety. All in a matter of seconds.

    Anxiety can be comforting. It absolves one from action or further questioning, like a security blanket. It becomes the state of being, not a momentary diversion.

    It’s also dangerous when it’s on a national scale and it is nudged towards a scapegoat. Again, history informs us.


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  70. And I dare say that if they dug into all of their visa declarations, social media posts and prior movements, with the same vigour, things might be even more embarrassing.

    This and the fact they have found a backbone on immigration matters because it is easy, no pesky MSM stories of impending doom when repatriated to home country (that they have been visiting anyway) or shilling activists/pro-bono lawyers lining up to take on the case.

    As for the Djoker himself well his story seems holier than a hanger at Kandahar Airport. I don’t defend him as there would be some arrogance in his actions. However it is the consistency that seems the missing here again and seems to be the whole way through. That’s what is getting under my skin.


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  71. Ed you’re a good solid contrarian but keep it real.

    Shit posting then losing the subsequent argument is different than someone saying ‘I order everyone to stop talking about anything I don’t like, because.’.

    I’m always nice to you and this is how you repay me.


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  72. Omicron is the perfect ‘booster’ and is the ideal excuse to bring this to an end.

    “We will now be doing this instead of that because that was based upon
    modelling/advice/bullshit-formerly-known-as-The-Science, which is no longer appropriate in the current situation.”
    That’s all it would take.
    Two days of excitement politically,
    a bit longer for those who revelled in playing Rose* in their very own version of Titanic.
    * Not to be confused with Our Rosie.


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  73. GreyRanga says:
    January 15, 2022 at 9:48 am
    Nut Case is such a Tosser he could wank for Australia!

    Tough call Ranga, it’s a class field.
    Only a wrist injuries and dehydration would keep Scumo, TaliDan, McClown and Tail Gunner from taking the title.


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  74. Professor Good says speaking loudly or singing, not wearing masks or possible biological factors could help explain why some family members contract COVID and others don’t.

    “There might well be other things that we haven’t fully understood yet why some people do emit more of the virus when they breathe than others,” he says.

    “I wouldn’t underestimate the possibility of biological differences.

    “There’s still research ongoing to address that.”

    Professor Good says some people may have previously had the virus unknowingly and been asymptomatic so they’ve developed stronger immunity.

    Singing and speaking loudly
    No mask

    Very “sciencey”. I suppose sleeping in the same bed wasn’t an issue. And let’s not talk about smooching and intercourse because that would completely blow that theory out of the water. Unless kinky and masks, but best not to go there.

    He’s on safer ground with natural immunity, of course. Unless he’s an annoying tennis player and then has none.

    There was some work on blood type back in 2020, with A being more susceptible and O less so. Haven’t seen anything since. Must be old and busted. Neanderthal genes are the new hotness.


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  75. Headcase
    “Interesting article on emergency breathing techniques for Firefighters”

    That has been known since BA was first used, just some useless research for low talented people looking to publish a paper. Nothing new there at all, dunno why anyone would find it interesting.


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  76. Mater, you seem a bit down today.

    I’ll add:

    I said yesterday that you can only do your job properly in war, if you resign yourself to death.

    It doesn’t necessarily mean you roll over and play dead.


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  77. Ed Casesays:
    January 15, 2022 at 8:48 am
    You can get a waiver to immigrate here with HIV.

    HIV isn’t an infectious disease.

    ROFLMAO! Stop digging Dick, you are too far down to throw the dirt out of the hole, it’s falling on you.


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  78. I said yesterday that you can only do your job properly in war, if you resign yourself to death.

    Outnumbered 5 to 1.

    I’m taking a break.
    I shot my 5.


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  79. Twostix says:
    January 15, 2022 at 9:37 am
    A Karen is someone who goes on a blog and starts telling everyone else what to talk about.

    “It’s your job to entertain me”

    If the fat slob isn’t abusing the other woman and her family too at times, she’s asking others to entertain her. Motel living must be really interesting.


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  80. Another thing that pisses me off is that arsehole scummo always has an army dude in the background at his press conferences & he is always ready to spout off.
    Methinks it is a subtle tell to say ‘I am in charge & I have the military behind me’
    Who the fk is that bald guy anyway?


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  81. Let’s be honest, though. Omicron is the perfect ‘booster’ and is the ideal excuse to bring this to an end. Yet what are seeing? People fighting for RATs and queuing in record numbers to confirm they have it. It is litmus test for people’s ability to let go of their anxiety.

    It turns out that I may well have a case.
    Only symptoms are vertigo, tiredness and a mild headache for the last week. If this is the worst it can do, then it’ll be a soda. Quite comfortable, really.

    Best thing is that I can get it over and done with, and then be the immune member of the family who is available to help others. To hell with testing. I’ll maybe get that done after I’m over it so I can get my medical record stamped, but as long as I’m staying out of other people’s faces, it’s none of anybody’s business and I’m hanged if I going to get lectured by some officious wanker, about things I’m already doing.

    Oh, and there’s some interesting stuff on youtube. Currently watching a doco about Russians living by hunting and fishing in Siberia. They had me when they said “You are not a hunter, without a dog”. That’s my culture.
    They say that they are too far from Moscow to be bothered by the government. That is how I would like to be.

    It’s called “Happy People” . Look it up.

    So, currently following the FLCCC protocol as much as possible. Smashing the vitamins, dosing with mectin and snorting Pividone-Iodine. Not working too hard. I’ll let you know.


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  82. You’re invoking the Macquarie Dictionary as a credible source now?

    Listen, Dick Ed, we all know that you are not the sharpest tool in the shed, but even you should have been able to discern the recent common usage of “Karen”, and it is not what you seem to think is the only possible use.


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  83. Good grief! A call to write something positive has really brought out the angst.

    Here’s something positive. You’re above the ground not under it.

    If you’re so angry, go to the demos scheduled for today. Keep plugging away at friends and relations, don’t cut them. Stay strong and fearless in the face of their negativity and doomsaying. Work out ways to get around the system, create and nurture like minded networks in TRW. And try not to treat people who differ from you marginally but are in essence on your side like a silly Life of Brian sketch.

    That’s not telling you what to say here. It’s an encouragement on how to be out there.


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  84. “Hears a solution. Go and hang yourself you dumb cunt. Australia doesn’t need fuckwits like you.”

    Nasty…..I’m no fan of Johanna but this is uncalled for.


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  85. Here’s an extremely likely Timeline:
    1. Some RedWings in Border Force decide to embarrass the Government, detain Djoker, cancel his Visa on a Friday night during New Years break.
    2. Djokjer’s lawyers get a Hearing in The Family Court!!.
    [The Family Court is on holidays until February, people have been waiting 5 years for a Hearing in Disputed Cases.]
    3.The Government plays a Dead Bat, offers no Defence.
    Round One to the Redwings.
    4. Immigration Minister cancels Djoker’s Visa the following Friday, gets the Hearing moved outta the Family Court [FFS], Labor Shills squawk like headless chooks.
    5. Scotty wins again for Australia, Labor Shills crying into Red Bandannas.


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  86. emergency breathing techniques for Firefighters

    The only breathing technique I remember when fumbling around for the emergency release in a Free Air unit whilst wearing a Fearnaught Suit was You can’t.


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  87. Mater says:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:06 am
    Mater, you seem a bit down today.
    I’ll add:

    I said yesterday that you can only do your job properly in war, if you resign yourself to death.

    Mater…
    Was thinking yesterday of my Grandfather.
    Went through both world wars, ended up fairly senior. There is a description – by a well-known and fairly cynical war correspondent of the old boy under fire. There was no way that you would have known – from his actions or attitude – that bullets from enemy aircraft were passing through the building.
    The old boy had order his officers to set a better example for their troops, and he believed in leading by example.

    The same man, when diagnosed with throat cancer, after the war, told his Doctor that he wasn’t “afraid of bloody cancer”.

    I can only think that he had had a lot of time to think about the inevitability of death, while on the Western Front.

    Me? I don’t feel afraid of death, now. I am afraid of the pain involved in some ways of dying, but being dead? Well either way, that is Heaven or Nothing (my money is on the former) so nothing to worry about in either case. My biggest concern is for members of my family who would be hurt and less able to care for themselves, in my absence.


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  88. No, the Karen’s need to start getting hungry and being denied their usual comforts before they will start weighting things up in a rational manner

    nothing brings Gestalt Karen more satisfaction than the prospect of impoverishing you first.


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  89. Calli

    Here’s something positive. You’re above the ground not under it.

    As one of my golfing mates said when he heard me complaining about a worse than usual day on the course, “If you’re standing up looking down at the grass, not lying down looking up at the roots, it’s a good day on the course”.


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  90. Hoping to head up the NSW from Vicco later this month. Will be interesting to see if it’s less up tight about the China bug. One thing I’ve noticed in the past, it’s much easier to bring your dog to places down here than in greater Sydney eg Everglades at Leura or Jenolan Caves. Dogs at the Lavender Farm at Hepburn or the You Yangs- no worries.


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  91. Currently watching a doco about Russians living by hunting and fishing in Siberia. They had me when they said “You are not a hunter, without a dog”. That’s my culture.
    They say that they are too far from Moscow to be bothered by the government. That is how I would like to be.

    PeterW,
    my thoughts, and soon to be actions, exactly. Already have a start on the dogs. 😉

    I have started watching the doco. Thank God it’s in English! That helps to enjoy it more. It is becoming harder and harder in Oz to find a place where you are left alone. Will not stop me from trying.

    If all goes as I am hoping, I will soon be able to quote Martin Luther King.


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  92. Scumo starting to let once previous banned workers back to help move food supplies is quite simple, he knows hungry people will start burning & breaking things.
    I despise the libs & the bastard leading them & that doesn’t mean I will be voting for the liars.


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  93. “Getting old is not for the weak”-step mum, that’s dealing with autoimmune problems and a husband that hasn’t fully been cleared of cancer yet and surrounded by hostile natives.


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  94. Again, history informs us.

    If we read it. If we read.
    If we understand what was written.

    One of the BIG jump starters for human advancement was inter-generational messaging using the written word.


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  95. Had breakfast this morning with a French bird who you’d officially classify as an ex.
    We’ve agreed that if either of us get omicron we’ll have a pash session to ensure the other gets it.
    Considering she’s gorgeous I’m going to get the better end of the deal.


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  96. French bird had a different take on our Serbian friend.
    She said that considering hoops she’s had to jump through for years to maintain her visa & get citizenship, he can go get fucked for not dotting all the i’s & crossing all the t’s regardless of the intentions of the government to make him an example.
    Considering that’s her lived experience, it’s quite a reasonable take.


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  97. Labor had something similar happen on their watch;
    Remember UteGate, the Godwin Grech Affair?
    Basically, a Public Servant in Canberra became aware of dodgy shit involving the Rudd Government.
    He took the evidence to Mal Turnbull, who made a complete meal of it, like someone guessing a Coin Toss wrong 25 times in a row.
    The Labor Government response?
    ASIO kicking down doors at 4 a.m., Grech involuntarily detained in a Mental Hospital, the Murdoch Press tut-tutting about how Godwin Grech got it so wrong.
    The truth was like Black Kryptonite for the MSM back then and nothing’s changed since.


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  98. Considering that’s her lived experience, it’s quite a reasonable take.

    Bro

    It’s quite reasonable to simp for a couple of weeks to make out with a hot French chick if the result is a dead. cert.

    It’s not reasonable, but I’ll let it pass.


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  99. Here’s something positive. You’re above the ground not under it.

    Death gets a bad rap, on the upside there would be savings. Probably less disappointing and annoying too.


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  100. it’s quite a reasonable take.

    Sure. Favouritism.

    Then add all the others who have come and gone and nary a peep.

    We appear to have at least two systems working in this country, either of which can be activated at will. The “Rules are Rules” mantra is great, provided it is applied to everyone.


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  101. Farmer Gezsays:
    January 15, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Work out the expert logic in this if you can.

    I couldn’t get past the instagram-attention-whore (mother) in the family photo, sorry.


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  102. johannasays:
    January 15, 2022 at 2:22 am

    The illustrated Johanna.
    Vs
    other people

    Jo it may have passed you by, but pretty well every normal means of insisting on change via courts/protest/disobedience have been curtailed by the simple imposition of “a state of emergency”.

    This has been a fundamental shift in how government works, and tellingly EVERY state has chosen to invoke it.
    If you are comfortable with that, or think there is a normal way of resolving this you are in cloud cuckoo land.
    7 state based coups have taken place.


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  103. I reckon if you pulled up all the visa paperwork for AO competitors and their entourages over the last decade a good third would be full of mistakes and ‘lies’, they were all just waved through in the past though. No, they’ve been given the OK to make example of Djokovic for base political purposes. The Czech girl was collateral damage, they’ll be trying to keep the spotlight very firmly on Djokovic going forward though.


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  104. Well that’s the point.
    Joker is being treated differently.

    If all exemptions (work, travel, quarantine) were made public, citizen journalists could trawl all over the information & highlight the lies (especially from the quarantine exemptions).
    It would be Joker times 100,000.


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  105. Old School Conservativesays:

    January 15, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Here’s a constructive solution.
    Novak teams up with the tennis players’ union to get the AO officially renamed “Asia Pacific Open” …

    Too late OSC.
    The dim bulbs at AO already re-branded it as that a few years ago to be “more inclusive”, probably along Keating’s “we are part of Asia” fiction.
    It has opened the door to it being pinched by an Asian city.


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  106. miltonfsays:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:36 am
    Hoping to head up the NSW from Vicco later this month. Will be interesting to see if it’s less up tight about the China bug. One thing I’ve noticed in the past, it’s much easier to bring your dog to places down here than in greater Sydney eg Everglades at Leura or Jenolan Caves. Dogs at the Lavender Farm at Hepburn or the You Yangs- no worries.

    too much in NSW has been handed over to National Parks. They don’t want your dog (or ultimately you) in the areas they control.


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  107. feelthebernsays:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:47 am
    French bird had a different take on our Serbian friend…
    Considering that’s her lived experience, it’s quite a reasonable take.

    you’re just saying that ‘cos she’s hot.


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  108. Agius, in Farmer Gez’ 10:28 link:

    The states are out of control, and Morrison is just sitting on his hands while the chaos ensues, allowing people’s jobs, livelihoods, rights, and freedoms to fall by the wayside while he uses their money to fight the wrong fight for all the wrong reasons.

    It’s actually considerably worse. Morrison has actively facilitated the dissolution of the Federation by providing the political and economic infrastructure to support the Premier’s local Covid models, as well as by his personal weakness and lack of a clear plan.

    Australia needed a lightning rod and a Swedish ‘protect the vulnerable’ but carry-on-as-near-to-normal strategy.

    It got a weak, flabby retail politician.

    Who has set an extremely low bar for the incoming weak, flabby retail politician.

    The system failure is now widely distributed. Any ‘fix’ is going to have to shove any number of Genies back into bottles tucked away all across this land.


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  109. Sancho Panzersays:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:58 am
    Old School Conservativesays:

    January 15, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Here’s a constructive solution.
    Novak teams up with the tennis players’ union to get the AO officially renamed “Asia Pacific Open” …

    Too late OSC.
    The dim bulbs at AO already re-branded it as that a few years ago to be “more inclusive”, probably along Keating’s “we are part of Asia” fiction.
    It has opened the door to it being pinched by an Asian city.

    Tokyo should get the rights to hold the grand slam. It must be taken off Australia, especially Victoria.


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  110. feelthebernsays:
    January 15, 2022 at 10:47 am
    French bird had a different take on our Serbian friend.
    She said that considering hoops she’s had to jump through for years to maintain her visa & get citizenship,

    I get that since all it takes is a photo op to make backbones melt.


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  111. Any bets on Shorten replacing Albo as soon as the election is called?

    Wouldn’t bet against it, since Albanese appears to be a classic example of AntiSocial Personality Disorder.
    Imagine him going jogging with Ash Barty for a Photo Op.
    Disgusting.


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  112. Dr Faustussays:
    January 15, 2022 at 11:05 am
    Agius, in Farmer Gez’ 10:28 link:

    The states are out of control, and Morrison is just sitting on his hands while the chaos ensues, allowing people’s jobs, livelihoods, rights, and freedoms to fall by the wayside while he uses their money to fight the wrong fight for all the wrong reasons.

    It’s actually considerably worse. Morrison has actively facilitated the dissolution of the Federation by providing the political and economic infrastructure to support the Premier’s local Covid models, as well as by his personal weakness and lack of a clear plan.

    Australia needed a lightning rod and a Swedish ‘protect the vulnerable’ but carry-on-as-near-to-normal strategy.

    It got a weak, flabby retail politician.

    Who has set an extremely low bar for the incoming weak, flabby retail politician.

    The system failure is now widely distributed. Any ‘fix’ is going to have to shove any number of Genies back into bottles tucked away all across this land.

    From now on, to be a politician, you need to meet 2 criteria.

    1. Must have held a job for minimum 20 years in the private sector.
    2. Must pass a psychological test to ensure no psychopaths (such as Bat-Ears and his goons) can gain power.


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  113. Pogria….
    I’d move if I could take my current land with me. I’m kind of attached to it.

    Covid-therapy this morning was a 40-minute stroll through the paddocks. Shirt off (gotta get that D3 up) , 9-10 dogs sniffing their way through the stubble. Nothing in the bag – my timing, balance and coordination are off – but the point is to be out there, DOING it.

    Whatever you thing is, I hope you make it happen!


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  114. Calli

    We appear to have at least two systems working in this country, either of which can be activated at will. The “Rules are Rules” mantra is great, provided it is applied to everyone.

    To amend an old adage, “There’s a law for the connected, and a law for those without connections”.


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  115. All those idiots saying ‘rules are rules’ are most likely hypocrites.

    Not supposed to do marajuana, but a lot do anyway. What about ‘rules are rules’?

    People who say rules are rules are full of shit.


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  116. Ever been to a Pro Tournament?
    These guys have pinpoint control.

    Oh yes. Such pinpoint control that they never, ever make a mistake, never hit an easy ball out, are never beaten by a pinpoint controlled drop shot, never serve double faults or hit an air shot. ETC. That kind of pinpoint control. How do they ever get a result then? There are no draws in tennis.

    Your level of dickheadedness knows no bounds. It’s astonishing watching it soar into the stratosphere.


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  117. Razey….

    Limited terms and no gold-lined superannuation.

    That way they all face a future where they cannot insulate themselves by voting themselves pay-rises, exemptions and super-bonuses.


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  118. Reading elsewhere that a Dr. Cory[?] claimed that the DNA altering mRNA gene therapy was causing an explosion of cancer recurrence.
    His licence has since been threatened by the AMA.
    Unsure if this is Dr. Pierre Kory or someone else.
    Does anyone know of someone who has been Vaccinated, then had Cancer recur?


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  119. The idea that wickedness can be justified in the name of some broader good is the end of morality and the starting point of tyranny.

    – Brendan O’Neill

    Liberty Quote!


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  120. Rogersays:
    January 15, 2022 at 11:17 am
    Any bets on Shorten replacing Albo as soon as the election is called?

    It’s the only way Morrison could win.

    Scummo is deadman walking. You never win votes by appeasing the moronic left, they will never vote for you and you end up pissing off your own base. – slow clap –


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  121. And so it begins. We’re repaying three couples for dinner over the summer and intending to them over on Sunday evening. One couple who don’t know the other two asked if the others were vaccinated. Wifey told her she didn’t know, wasn’t going to ask and they didn’t want to come it was okay…. but she wasn’t going to ask.

    We heard another story of an unvaxxed Sydney couple staying with friends in Melbourne. The Melbourne couple were having a dinner and invited other friends. Their Sydney friends asked if the other people attending could take a rapid test because they were unvaxxed. I shit you not.


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  122. Eyrie says:
    January 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Any bets on Shorten replacing Albo as soon as the election is called?

    Yep, I’m interested. What are the odds and would like to escrow.


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  123. One bit of good news.

    Low test euneuchs are back in vogue.

    Not satisfied with pods/bugs and opening nothing they are going nutless as well.

    And the gruinaid is applauding it.
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/14/getting-sterilised-to-save-the-planet-is-a-sad-but-understandable-choice

    It is a tragedy that we have allowed our environmental crisis to go so far, so quickly, that it should influence any person’s choice regarding parenthood, but it is the reality we must all now live with.
    ….
    Thank you for the sobering article about childless young men seeking vasectomies. These men are realistic about the future, and are therefore taking a wise step.

    Original article here.
    ‘More people is the last thing this planet needs’: the men getting vasectomies to save the world

    When Lloyd Williamson lay on his back in a GP’s clinic late last November, it was for the surgical culmination of years of soul searching. Williamson, who is 30 and from Essex, remembers wanting a family as a child, but something changed in his early 20s. “I thought: you know what? I don’t want to bring a life into this world, because it’s pretty shitty as it is and it’s only going to get worse,” he says, two weeks after his vasectomy.

    Williamson was largely motivated to sterilise himself by the climate crisis.

    Trump, you magnificent bastard!!!

    For Nate Miller (not his real name), a 36-year-old from Colorado, the election in 2016 of Donald Trump, a climate science denier, was the clincher. “I made an appointment to get a vasectomy later that week,” he says.

    ….
    cuck cuck b-cuuuuuck…

    Vasectomies don’t necessarily preclude parenting. Rodney Pohl, 26, an IT technician, is planning to foster or adopt with his wife, Carrie, who watched Pohl’s vasectomy at the SimpleVas clinic near their home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last June. The couple were motivated partly by weather extremes and what they foretold. A recent polar vortex had taken out the power on their street for 10 days. “We had neighbours breastfeeding small infants and we were sharing generators to try to keep their fridge going, to not waste [expressed] milk,” Pohl says.

    Looking st the highlighted bit, its a sham they all didnt get chopped..
    “Oh no its very cold and the power is out…. how will we keep this milk cold…….


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  124. How is the now COVID immune Djokovic a health risk?

    Having HIV is a protected human right. Covid is not.

    Nor is being safe from Covid by m and other than mRNA vaccines.


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