1,199 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 22 Jan 2022”

  1. A one bedroom flat there is around $600 a week.

    Remember when the house a client rented for us in Moranbah was over $3000pw. It was an unremarkable raised fibro and corrugated iron roof structure. Know the units weren’t much cheaper. The downturn ended that ridiculous bubble and a lot of people buying said properties for $800K to $1000K suddenly found them worth $200K. Hasn’t improved much and I hear rents are around $3-500pw for a house atm.


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  2. I’ve started watching Fringe.
    It’s like a reboot of X-Files.
    Finished series one this week.
    20 episode series.
    Had 8 cracking episodes from the one story line interrupted by crappy stories.
    I’m liking it.


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  3. Only 4 hours until the new law comes in on trolling and it might as well be mumsnet here.

    Just formulating some offence to feign at mammamia so the goons with unlimited budgets can be unleashed upon them.


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  4. Rockdoctor, Port Hedland went through the same ridiculous property/rental boom as Moranbah.

    I know of a couple that rented a caravan in the back yard of a house for $500 a week and a train controller sold an ordinary 3 bedder for for $1.1 million. That same house recently sold again for $44oK.

    Mining towns always have cyclical property prices, the trick is to know where the bottom of the market is before coughing up any cash.

    I wouldn’t touch real estate in those regions with a bargepole. Safer and more fun to punt your dough on blackjack at the Casino.


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  5. Purportedly serious political parties such as UAP and LDP would do well to have a good long think before getting involved with this sort of rag tag outfit again.

    I have a feeling you are being disingenuous.

    You turn up here a day before the “anti trolling laws” as well?

    Please. We’ve had other people complain that David Limbrick not breaking the law the engage in civil disobedience was “low energy”.

    What she we do?

    “Welp, do what I’d imagine to do from my very comfortable, rich Corinthian leather armchair, exactly the same with no flaw in the execution thereof…”

    Sure, little buddy.

    Be effective, non controversial and also have the cut through of Ghandi or Jesus Christ.

    Hmm. Okay. Must be nice to be a billionaire and live in a bubble.


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  6. How woke whites hurt black communities

    By Rosemary Neill

    From Books
    January 21, 2022
    7 minute read
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    In August 2020, a business professor from the University of Southern California gave a Zoom lecture in which he counselled his students against the overuse of filler words such as “um” or “you know”. The professor was teaching American and international Chinese students management communication skills, so he explained that in Mandarin, “the common (filler) word is ‘that, that that … In China, it might be na-ge, na-ge, na-ge.”

    Anonymous black students accused the academic of racism and harming their mental health by using a Chinese word that sounded like the n-word. They called for him to be sacked.

    Astoundingly, the professor was suspended while the university launched an investigation into his past student evaluations, checking for signs of cultural or racial insensitivity. None were found and he eventually resumed his job – though not the communications course he had been delivering for years. Meanwhile, news of the American students’ complaint reached China, where social media commenters said that punishing an academic for using a common Chinese word amounted to discrimination against Mandarin speakers.

    American academic and author John McWhorter refers to this incident in his latest book, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America. As its provocative title suggests, McWhorter’s book is a scorching denunciation of the politically correct excesses that masquerade as anti-racism across many university campuses and public and private institutions in the 21st century.

    He clearly supports that unfairly targeted USC professor. He quips that a black student who feels a Mandarin word that “sounds kind of like the N-word deprives him of his ‘peace and mental well-being’ urgently needs psychiatric counselling”.

    McWhorter – who is African-American – does not merely expose the perverted logic and evangelical fervour of woke ideology; he also argues that white activists are endorsing reforms – such as moves to “defund the police” in high-crime African-American neighbourhoods – that can only harm those communities.

    “The ideology in question,’’ he writes, “is one under which white people calling themselves our saviours make black people look like the dumbest, weakest, most self-indulgent human beings in the history of our species and teach black people to revel in that status.’’

    This quote gives you some idea of McWhorter’s take-no-prisoners rhetorical style.

    As a black intellectual, he expects to be dismissed as “traitorous” and “self-hating” by a “certain crowd” for writing his scathing polemic. But he reasons that white and black readers who have bought into “unempirical virtue signalling about race” will be more likely to accept a critique of the new ideology if it’s written by an African-American. “I consider it nothing less than my duty as a black person to write this book,” he says.

    In Woke Racism, he argues that a well-meaning but insidious form of anti-racism has hardened into a dogmatic religion that sees white privilege as the “original sin”, and weaponises cancel culture to end careers and undermine reputations. This religion, often policed by smug activists whom he calls the “Elect”, has anointed particular writers and thinkers – whose views are treated as sacrosanct – as their clergy.



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  7. feelthebern says:
    January 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm
    I’ve started watching Fringe.
    It’s like a reboot of X-Files.
    Finished series one this week.
    20 episode series.
    Had 8 cracking episodes from the one story line interrupted by crappy stories.
    I’m liking it.

    Spoiler alert: Walter gets….nah. I won’t do it to you. Yazhoo’s “Only You” gets a strange run though in the final series which is quite different to preceding series. It’s kinda like X Files, a theme moves along and through the series but it takes detours along the way, but less as the show progresses. At least, unlike X Files, they didn’t need to make two films to pull the pieces together.


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  8. For those who wish to indulge in a spot of Bird Watching over at the Furniture Store, Graeme (going by the alias ‘Willem Pasterkamp,’ making him sound so much like a fellow wearing a set of Groucho glasses, it hurts) is expounding on the nature of nuclear explosions. Having previously had a very offended flinch at someone telling him to fuck off after one of his trademark rants about Juice…


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  9. went for lunch today
    no code, no pox-port request

    didnt even get to ask them if I needed to have the correct papers to be let back out

    it all feels very unsafe
    /s


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  10. “The fact that they did get involved discredits both the UAP and the LDP.”

    Oh, okay, do you apply the same standard to the Greens and Labor. There are fringe elements at all protests but the spotlight is only ever put on right of centre protests. Never a peep about the left and their ugly associations. Adam Bandt, Sarah Hanson-Dung and others have all attended protests where speakers have indulged in ugly speech, where protesters have carried out mock executions of conservatives, where the Star of David is superimposed over a swastika, where banners call for the murder of Israelis and Jews…….and yet there aren’t any howls of outrage.

    Hypocrisy writ large.


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  11. Dotsays:
    January 22, 2022 at 10:04 pm
    Purportedly serious political parties such as UAP and LDP would do well to have a good long think before getting involved with this sort of rag tag outfit again.

    I have a feeling you are being disingenuous.

    You turn up here a day before the “anti trolling laws” as well?”

    Agree Dot, I’ve been reading back and I smell a rat.


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  12. I wouldn’t endorse any movement that that ‘Australian One’ front and centre.
    Bottom line, most people don’t care, they just want their lives back.
    There will probably be a protest vote at any upcoming state and federal elections, but I doubt any long term momentum for minor parties unless uap ldp continue to find substantial points of difference.
    Though if that were say, complete repudiation of climate change measures I’m in.
    Reminding people that climate measures are non discernible gain for infinite financial pain would be good.


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  13. “Things degenerated from there. During the march, the throng was being led in chants such as “ScoMo is a scum bag”. Very edifying.”

    I presume our new poster Patrick Kelly meant to write “unedifying”….LOL.

    As for the chant “ScoMo is a scum bag”……the fact is that he is.


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  14. “There will probably be a protest vote at any upcoming state and federal elections, but I doubt any long term momentum for minor parties unless uap ldp continue to find substantial points of difference.”

    I believe that the LDP will be around longer than the UAP.


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  15. “rosiesays:
    January 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm
    Just had lunch at a fishing village on Cap Corse.
    Fantastic views of Elba, Capraia and Pianosa but in the shade, it’s a bit chilly.”

    I hope you’re having a wonderful time.


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  16. Saving the planet by …

    Arnold Schwarzenegger was involved in a car crash on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles that involved four vehicles and left his enormous black SUV perched on top of another car, leaving one other driver with a head injury.

    The former governor, 74, was driving his GMC Yukon SUV and was about to turn onto busy Sunset Boulevard, about half-a-mile from his home in the Brentwood, when he smashed into a red Toyota Prius at 4:35pm.


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  17. Bill From the Bush says: January 22, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    For all the Lister fans out there.
    Forget the jabbering, just listen to that sound.

    Videos abound of single cylinder Lister uprights being started & running.

    It’s an sweeter sound than even a Lanz Bulldog.


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  18. It’s an sweeter sound than even a Lanz Bulldog.

    There’s a blast from the past – our neighbor had one of those tractors, and on clear, cold Wheatbelt mornings, half the district knew when he was seeding his crop.


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  19. Rex,
    Great big things with leathery wings.
    If they introduce themselves I’ll let you know what sort they are.
    Reminds me of the two vampire bats hanging in a cave.
    First one says”I’m hungry. I’m going to find some blood.
    Other one says”let me know how you get on.”.
    Half an hour later the first one comes back with blood dripping from his mouth down to his chest and everywhere.
    His mate says “ Where did you get all that blood?”
    “Come to the entrance and I’ll show you. See that huge tree half a mile down the road?”
    “Yes”.
    “Well I didn’t.”


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  20. Anti covid rally in the main square as I walked back to my apartment.
    About 40 people standing around with a couple of banners with the words covid and vaccine propped on the fence(I have photos so my numbers are very accurate) almost exclusively ‘boomers’. Maybe they’d marched from somewhere, don’t know.
    That’s about 0.1 percent of the population of Bastia.
    Very disappointing, especially since the haute corse have apparently got the lowest vaccine rates in France.

    Outside one of the local churches was a completely unrelated rosary group of six praying, doing the world a great deal more good.


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  21. Just who are the Oathkeepers?
    Actually they are a group committed to abiding by their oaths to support the constitution, defend free speech, property rights and the rule of law, etc.

    Which makes them terrorists or at least extremists as far as the corrupt elites are concerned.


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  22. Canbra parasites…
    Who runs Australia – elected politicians or shadowy bureaucrats?
    Ken Phillips

    21 January 2022

    2:00 PM

    Who runs Australia? Is it the politically accountable politicians elected through the democratic process? Or is it the unidentified, unelected, bureaucrats who hide behind closed doors?

    A situation happening now indicates that at least some Commonwealth bureaucrats think they run the country and democracy can go jump!

    In the April budget last year, the Morrison government announced that the Tax Office would no longer be able to collect a small business tax debt while in dispute and under appeal. That’s a damn good policy move for tax fairness.

    The Small Business Minister stated in Parliament, ‘We are backing small business in over the ATO. No longer will the ATO be able to garnishee and takeaway while the dispute is in train …’

    This stated budget initiative of the government would bring Australia into line with decades-long, disputed debt-collection laws in both the United Kingdom and the United States. In both of those jurisdictions the tax collection authorities – HMRC (UK) and IRS (USA) – cannot collect on an (alleged) tax debt until such time as all appeals have been exhausted and finalised.

    A key job of the Commonwealth Treasury department is to draft legislation that puts government policy into effect. Last week, nine months after this very clear policy statement, Treasury released draft legislation that does the opposite of what the government promised.

    The draft legislation would not automatically stop the ATO collecting on a disputed debt. It would force a taxpayer to apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (a very expensive process) for a ‘pause’. In comparison, the Minister’s plain statement (above) did not say that a taxpayer could apply to have a debt under dispute paused. Rather, the Minister stated that, ‘No longer will the ATO be able to garnishee … while the dispute is in train.’ The government’s intent could not be plainer.

    Further, the Treasury draft legislation would require a taxpayer to prove that their application did not restrict administration of tax law.

    The draft legislation states that a debt collection pause could only be ordered where the order:

    ‘(i) is unlikely to prejudice or unduly restrict the Commissioner’s administration of a taxation law; (ii) is unlikely to undermine the objective or purpose of a taxation law or a provision of a taxation law, or the integrity of the taxation system as administered by the Commissioner; (iii) the application … is not frivolous, vexatious, misconceived, lacking in substance or otherwise intended to impede the proper administration of a taxation law.’

    Each of these requirements sets a benchmark of proof that is effectively impossible for any taxpayer to demonstrate.

    It would require a detailed knowledge of the ATO’s entire administrative procedures, every conceivable tax law, how the ATO interpreted each law, what the Commissioner might consider to be ‘frivolous’ and so on. That is, the task of even applying for a debt collection pause would be so onerous, expensive, complex, and time-consuming as to render any application to not be worth the effort.

    Further, in response to any application, the ATO would be in a position of being able to object on almost any grounds, whether the ATO’s grounds were frivolous, vexatious, misconceived or lacking in substance and the taxpayer would be required to disprove the ATO’s objections. That is, these provisions in the draft legislation would effectively predetermine the failure of any taxpayer application.

    It’s easy to view this is a sneaky bureaucratic way of killing off the Morrison government’s attempt at small business tax fairness.

    Why ‘sneaky’? The draft legislation was released for ‘consultation’ on January 12, smack bang when most people are on holidays, and during the height of the joint Djokovic mess and supply chain Covid ‘crisis’. Added to this, Treasury has given only seven days for responses. The draft legislation is short and tax bureaucrats have had nine months where they could have done something.

    Looks sneaky? Probably is sneaky!

    In our submission condemning the draft law we’ve called for it to be put in the trash bin and a new draft Bill be drawn up. And there’s a simple first principle to apply.

    The job of Treasury in the Australian democratic system is to faithfully draft legislation that accurately reflects the government’s policy intent. That’s what Treasury must do. It’s not hard!

    Normally we admire the professional integrity of the Australian public service and their respect for the democratic process. This situation is a dark smudge on that professional integrity.

    Ken Phillips is Executive Director of Self Employed Australia.

    From the Specce. Don’t agree with the last para.


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  23. Outstanding WIP. Appreciated, Tom.

    Highlight – in a crowded field, the Rubik’s Cube.

    I can’t believe this hasn’t been thought of before. You people have had two years to sort this out.


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  24. Good on the Spectator to pick up on that.
    We should be able to go click click & see who the public servant was whose digital fingerprints are all over that.


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  25. Chuckle, KD. Great minds and all…

    Incidentally, my grandson was able to solve the cube in under a minute when he was ten, the rotten sod.

    Maybe he should advise the CDC.


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  26. Turns out not all Victorian doctors are coofed-out AMA freaks hiding under the stairs. The Hun:

    ‘Australian Orthopaedic Association Victorian branch chairman Adrian Trivett lashed the blanket ban on elective surgeries as a “blunt tool” that was leaving people in long-term pain.

    ‘He said hospital wards that largely dealt with day surgeries were “empty with the lights off” and nursing staff and doctors were on leave due to “lack of nuance to the approach to the problem”.

    ‘There’s no doubt there’s capacity in the system to continue with some surgeries that are absolutely not life-threatening but they’re causing disability and pain and they’re not being attended to’, Dr Trivett said.

    ‘Gynaecologist Simon Gordon, who specialises in endometriosis, said all of his patients suffered from “severe and chronic pain” but were unable to have surgery.

    ‘I’m at home mowing my lawns and putting the coffee machine on’, Dr Gordon said. Patients come to me and I say “Look, I’m not allowed to operate.” Everyone is in the same boat and none of us are doing anything particularly useful.’

    Ahem. ‘Lack of nuance’ indeed. I very much doubt a significant chunk of medical people regard Hot Button Sutton and Covid Commander (snork) Jerome Weimar as medical gods, standing astride the Earth like colossi.


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  27. ““The fact that they did get involved discredits both the UAP and the LDP.”

    Oh, okay, do you apply the same standard to the Greens and Labor.

    Well, yeah, I do.
    And I can report that, whatever else Labor And The Greens may or may not do, they don’t turn up for stupid shit organised by Mystery Men.
    But UAP & LDP do, which should be a huge Red Flag for anyone thinking of joining the LDP & UAP.


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  28. Turns out not all Victorian doctors are coofed-out AMA freaks hiding under the stairs. The Hun:

    Yeah, Orthopedic Surgeons aren’t making 25 grand a week at the moment.
    The sound of a 1,000 tiny violins …


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  29. Labor And The Greens may or may not do, they don’t turn up for stupid shit organised by Mystery Men.

    I’ll take What Is the 1996 Parliament House Riot against John Howard, the 2012 Tent Embassy Riot against Julia Gillard and Tony Abbot and the 2020 rally against something for Brittany Higgins* for all the money, please Brian…

    * How did your review of all the CCTV surveillance at Parliament House go, Grigory?

    #ProtestJeopardy


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  30. ‘Surgeons aren’t making 25 grand a week’

    A dubious claim.

    What isn’t dubious is that thousands of people are unnecessarily living with chronic, debilitating pain each and every day because the Victorian government are fuckwits.


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  31. They’ll still be living with pain afterwards anyway.
    Not all surgeries work out.
    Surgery for endometriosis?
    That’s a Hysterectony, right?
    Anyhow, my point is, they haven’t offered any opinion on the legitimacy of the Pandemic or the Side Effects of the Vaxxeens, they’ve just Squawked

    Where’s my fucking money?



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  32. A recap. Ed’s philosophy:

    ‘I tell a lotta lies, pal.’

    Shut-ins of your ilk, who believe everything fed to them via David Koch are the reason this country’s had two years of unnecessary drama.

    Ed the government shill.


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  33. Normally we admire the professional integrity of the Australian public service and their respect for the democratic process. This situation is a dark smudge on that professional integrity.

    When did this ever happen? They’re a bunch of vicious pricks.


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  34. Yeah, Orthopedic Surgeons aren’t making 25 grand a week at the moment.
    The sound of a 1,000 tiny violins …

    For LOL
    My sister had two hip replacement surgeries over the years, even with full private cover it cost her over 5k just for the surgeon and his learning on the job assistant mate.

    AND they do 3 a day in a good season!


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  35. You have to wonder what TheirABC thinks the mental and chronological age of the readership is, when somebody gets paid to write this drivel about reality TV:

    Tamara Cavenett, a clinical psychologist and president of the Australian Psychological Society, says it’s impossible to know a person fully from watching them on TV.

    “No matter what information we get, we are always only getting a portion of someone’s world,” she says.

    The profound insights don’t end there:

    And according to Charlie Crimston, research fellow at the University of Queensland’s school of psychology, that’s why a reality TV star’s alleged transgression can hit us hard.

    “It’s more emotionally impactful when there’s that sense that we’ve been betrayed,” she says.

    “We felt we’ve really gotten to know someone.

    “I mean, maybe that’s the question: can you ever really know someone?”

    And just in case the presumably 12 year old reader still has a few spare brain cells to absorb yet another searing insight, we get this:

    Patrick Stokes, a philosopher and associate professor at Deakin University, says the lines between fact and fiction often feel blurred in reality TV programs.

    When did TheirABC decide to revive Dolly magazine?


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  36. $25 Grand/week was just a guess, sounds like $25 Grand a day would be nearer the mark.
    No wonder they’re screaming:

    “Oh, my poor suffrin’ carcasses, er, I meant patients!”



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  37. “And I can report that, whatever else Labor And The Greens may or may not do, they don’t turn up for stupid shit organised by Mystery Men.”

    OMG……I can’t stop laughing! I must remember this next time there’s a pro-Palestinian protest and Greens and leftist Labor scum are in attendance and the ISIS banner is seen in the protest…like what happened last May.

    You really are such a Dick Ed.


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  38. When you need an orthopaedic surgeon, you need one. Or you live with chronic, debilitating pain.

    I’d rather pay an expert his worth. A mere drop in the ocean of money thieved by government for “redistribution”.


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  39. “Gaborsays:
    January 23, 2022 at 7:52 am
    Yeah, Orthopedic Surgeons aren’t making 25 grand a week at the moment.
    The sound of a 1,000 tiny violins …

    For LOL
    My sister had two hip replacement surgeries over the years, even with full private cover it cost her over 5k just for the surgeon and his learning on the job assistant mate.”

    I’ve just had a double knee replacement and yes I have full private health cover but I’m still out of pocket just over $5K but I consider it worth it because, whilst I’ve had lots of pain and tears, the operation has already improved my life. I got to the stage where, before the op, I could barely walk.


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  40. ‘5k just for the surgeon’

    What’s the right price? $150 an hour? $50?

    A reverse auction on Gumtree? Or is Figures correct, and people don’t need hips replaced because it’s just weakness?

    Disclaimer: Not a surgeon.


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  41. “callisays:
    January 23, 2022 at 7:58 am
    When you need an orthopaedic surgeon, you need one. Or you live with chronic, debilitating pain.

    I’d rather pay an expert his worth. A mere drop in the ocean of money thieved by government for “redistribution”.”

    Snap Calli.


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  42. OMG……I can’t stop laughing! I must remember this next time there’s a pro-Palestinian protest and Greens and leftist Labor scum are in attendance and the ISIS banner is seen in the protest…like what happened last May.

    Newsflash:
    ISIS is a 100% creature of the United States Deep State.
    So, it follows that if Labor and The Greens are attending these rallies [I’m taking your word for all this]
    then Labor and The Greens are part of The Deep State.
    Get the picture now?


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  43. In honour of the 50th anniversary list (h/t WIP) I just listened to the wonderful “Supper’s Ready”, from Foxtrot.

    Still as good as the first time I heard it, played live on “Seconds Out”.

    You have to like prog rock though.


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  44. With my private health insurance I didn’t have to pay a cent for the two hospitals……and at both I had my own room. I also haven’t had to pay a cent for the rehab I’m undertaking.

    My recent surgery and hospital stays have made my really appreciate my private health insurance.


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  45. If someone has the scalpel skills to prevent me dragging myself along the footpath on a skateboard with my hands wrapped in rags for propulsion and begging for change outside a 7/11, then yeah.

    Worth it.


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  46. The single uniting thing about left wing protest is socialism.

    These ones are for the majority are about inconvenience imposed on them personally.
    Only a few will connect the current situation with giving so much authority over to the state the rest will continue support dependence when/if this is over.


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  47. “ISIS is a 100% creature of the United States Deep State.”

    Tell that to the Yazidi men butchered and the Yazidi women raped and enslaved.

    JUST FUCK OFF


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  48. Cassie of Sydney says:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:01 am

    No misunderstanding I hope, she is not begrudging the costs, she is a keen gardener, and she could hardly walk.
    I only mentioned it bc I thought someone doubted the money ortho surgeons can make.


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  49. What’s the right price? $150 an hour? $50?

    A reverse auction on Gumtree? … blathers on …

    They’re doing 3 a day on a good day and even with full insurance cover, it costs $5 grand.
    So The Crew skim $50 grand a day?
    You reckon that’s legit, move along, nothing to see here, eh?


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  50. “Gaborsays:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:09 am
    Cassie of Sydney says:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:01 am

    No misunderstanding I hope, she is not begrudging the costs, she is a keen gardener, and she could hardly walk.
    I only mentioned it bc I thought someone doubted the money ortho surgeons can make.”

    No misunderstanding at all Gabor!

    I was full informed of my out of pocket expenses….so I don’t really mind. And I don’t begrudge a good surgeon making lots of money a week….rather they did than lawyers and barristers.


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  51. You say:

    With my private health insurance I didn’t have to pay a cent for the two hospitals……and at both I had my own room. I also haven’t had to pay a cent for the rehab I’m undertaking.

    2 minutes later you contradict yourself:

    I was full informed of my out of pocket expenses….so I don’t really mind



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  52. rather they did than lawyers and barristers.

    And, like plumbers and electricians and engineers, when you need one you need a really good one.

    There are lots of jobs that can be fudged and fuddled through life, but some of them have a very narrow window of tolerance. Step outside it and you’re toast.


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  53. Dick Ed

    Yeah, Orthopedic Surgeons aren’t making 25 grand a week at the moment.
    The sound of a 1,000 tiny violins …

    Yeah, orthopedic patients aren’t having their pain relieved at the moment.

    The sound of one large double bass …


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  54. There are lots of jobs that can be fudged and fuddled through life,

    Name one, apart from Surgeons, who get to bury their fuckups.
    And they have plenty of fuckups, don’t worry about that!


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  55. Next we’ll be whinging about what tradies charge. ?

    Well I could go on a rant about how the industry is propped up by unnecessary regulation if you like, calli.


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  56. “…how do I fix a P0234 overboost code on a TDI VW Jetta? “

    Don’t “do” diesels…

    That said, other than wear and tear and potential damage to the turbo, what’s the issue with “extra boost” on a diesel anyway? “Excess air” increases fuel efficiency and power, and reduces emissions, so what’s not to like? I guess the ECU might have a dummy spit and refuse to run…
    Probably a wastegate issue of one form or another – valve actually sticky, actuator not working, ECU electronics damaged (if ECU controls boost) etc. If that bit is all mechanical, then having a poke around would probably find the issue, but if it’s ECU controlled you’ll need to take it to someone who has the test gear and experience to fix it. With no model specific info, I’d guess it really is the wastegate valve itself getting “stuck” and that’s most likely just because it’s “gunged up with crap” from the exhaust.
    YMMV.


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  57. then Labor and The Greens are part of The Deep State.

    A Eureka moment! After years of trying, and like an electronic calendar stuck on 29 February, Dick Ed finally makes a correct statement.


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  58. Dick Ed

    So The Crew skim $50 grand a day?

    How many are in “The Crew”? What share goes to each? What are you prepared to pay for the ability to walk without pain?


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  59. Dick Ed

    Name one, apart from Surgeons, who get to bury their fuckups.

    The results of lawyers’ fuck ups are either poverty or time in jail. How much per hour does a QC/SC charge?


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  60. Name one, apart from Surgeons, who get to bury their fuckups.

    Public Service bugmen.

    As alluded to in rickw’s post earlier about the [Lovely People] in the Public Service in general, and ATO in that particular.

    #ProcessIsPunishment


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  61. Ed Casesays:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:51 am
    You know, Boambee John, even on a site with more than it’s fair share of Fools, you’re still the standout.

    Dick, you are looking in the mirror, not at reality.

    PS, I love your use of RandOm caPitals.


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  62. hzhousewifesays:
    January 23, 2022 at 9:14 am
    YAY Outsiders is back !

    Not for regional viewers, apparently. We are still subjected to hours upon hours of mindless sport. I’ve just about had it with Sky.


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  63. Not a chance in hell this is correct.
    Vic number is self reporting as the tracing system collapsed.

    The virus is so deadly that The Bat Eared Mong spent 2 years doing nothing tangible to improve how it could be managed.


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  64. Ed Casesays:
    January 23, 2022 at 8:51 am
    You know, Boambee John, even on a site with more than it’s fair share of Fools, you’re still the standout.

    Keeps you coming back for more, though, doesn’t it, Grogs?


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  65. Watched on Netflix last night : Munich: Edge of War.
    Very worthwhile.
    Echoes of pandemic fever noted.
    Brits do these kinds of movies so much better than Yanks.


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  66. “I’ve started watching Fringe.”

    It gets weirder and weirder as you go.
    By the time you hit season 5, it makes X-Files look like a documentary.
    But not bad all the same.


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  67. I attended a wedding at Noosa Main Beach yesterday. The place was packed.
    I saw two masks only – perhaps I was just dazzled by all the other tiny pieces of fabric and wasn’t noticing.
    Bogan Barbies mandate aint’t working in Noosa.


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  68. My quote of the day in a video clip played by Sky Outsiders.

    US conservative Matt Walsh asks a leftard trans activist who’s obviously a bloke: “What is a woman?”

    Fruitcake: “It’s not up to me to say.”

    This is where you end up if you keep deconstructing the life you lead – at the bottom of a rabbit hole of voluntarily self-inflicted mental illness.


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  69. In Toorak.

    A woman just walked past in active wear. She was pushing a pram.

    In the pram was a fully-grown corgi. Just another day, I guess.

    I know her (not by name, but I know who you mean). The dog can’t walk.

    Personally, I rate that as time to euth, but obviously she doesn’t.


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  70. “This is where you end up if you keep deconstructing the life you lead – at the bottom of a rabbit hole of voluntarily self-inflicted mental illness.”

    Correct.


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  71. “Welp, do what I’d imagine to do from my very comfortable, rich Corinthian leather armchair, exactly the same with no flaw in the execution thereof…”

    Te he – reminds me of Club Veg “Yuppie Rap”- “You know, when I’m sitting sipping Wolf Blas in my imported Italian leather and oak armchair stuffed with Lithuanian flat billed duck down, I often run my fingers through my lightly streaked, state of the art hair creation and think ‘blah, blah, blah’. I do! Ha ha.”


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  72. Red flag alert.
    Madison Cawthorn is wheeled out (literally) as a fresh face of the Republican party & has made a huge song & dance (figuratively) about being the most pro Second Amendment member of the House.
    I just watched an interview with him.
    He didn’t know who Mark Kelly’s (the Democrat senator from Arizona) wife is.

    Un.
    Fucking.
    Believable.

    How can you even open your pie hole about the Second Amendment when you don’t know who the Democrats bring out at every opportunity.
    Be very wary of this chap.


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  73. Since it’s Sunday.

    The ecclesial solution to squirrel infestations (Bayou Renaissance Man, 20 Jan)

    The Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide what to do about their squirrel infestation. After much prayer and consideration, they concluded that the squirrels were predestined to be there, and they should not interfere with God’s divine will.

    At the Baptist church, the squirrels had taken an interest in the baptistry. The deacons met and decided to put a water-slide on the baptistry and let the squirrels drown themselves. The squirrels liked the slide and, unfortunately, knew instinctively how to swim, so twice as many squirrels showed up the following week.

    The Lutheran church decided that they were not in a position to harm any of God’s creatures. So, they humanely trapped their squirrels and set them free near the Baptist church. Two weeks later, the squirrels were back when the Baptists took down the water-slide.

    The Episcopalians tried a much more unique path by setting out pans of whiskey around their church in an effort to kill the squirrels with alcohol poisoning. They sadly learned how much damage a band of drunk squirrels can do.

    But the Catholic church came up with a more creative strategy! They baptized all the squirrels and made them members of the church. Now they only see them at Christmas and Easter.

    Not much was heard from the Jewish synagogue. They took the first squirrel and circumcised him. They haven’t seen a squirrel since.

    I got the new young currawong to take mince from my hand this morning, which she did twice. I’ll have to bring in some squirrels next.


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  74. Munich: Edge of War.
    Very worthwhile.

    Does the casting properly reflect the diversity of today, or is it a racist celebration
    of the racist white supremacy of racist Britain’s racist imperialist past
    disguised as so called historical accuracy?


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  75. Active Cases.
    NSW 238,645

    And only 180 odd in ICU in NSW.
    Not too shabby.
    Looks like the face masks bull shit keeps the howler monkeys at 8 instead of 11.


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  76. “ISIS is a 100% creature of the United States Deep State.”

    True. The idiot half Kenyan funded their training, provided the Toyota HiLuxes, and the intel gear so they could fight the Syrian army. The Iraq army uses the same comms frequency, so 1800 ISIS were able to take Monsul, even though it was defended by 30,000 Iraq troops. The rest is history.


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  77. As soon as the US stops reporting COVID numbers in Feb there will be a push by the Cathedral to say COVID isn’t bad anymore.
    How will The Australian subsidiary of the Cathedral keep it going until the election (at least).


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  78. Munich: Edge of War

    Depicts Chamberlain as an intelligent, well intentioned, Mr Nice Guy.
    We know none of these to be true.

    It was ok to watch, but revisionist historical fiction really gets up my nose.


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  79. And only 180 odd in ICU in NSW.
    Not too shabby.

    Numbers were over 220 in mid Sept.
    The take home message will be the success of vaccines.
    The far less lethal Omicron factor will finish at the tail is the field of runners.


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  80. If you search for “new catallaxy” in Google you get some odd sites, very uninteresting. If you search for “new catallaxy” using DuckDuckgo, the first item you get is this site. Google is not a good search engine.


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  81. Depicts Chamberlain as an intelligent, well intentioned, Mr Nice Guy.
    We know none of these to be true.

    Chamberlain was well intentioned, he’s seen the slaughter 20 years before, and he was honest, when he realised he couldn’t stop the push for war inside his Government, he resigned.


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  82. US conservative Matt Walsh asks a leftard trans activist who’s obviously a bloke: “What is a woman?”

    Fruitcake: “It’s not up to me to say.”

    IIRC, said fruitcake argued that a declaration of womanhood was sufficient for acknowledgement. My question then is, following that argument, if a person was to declare himself/herself a hamster or a chair, should we be obliged to acknowledge that?


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  83. incoherent ramblersays:
    January 23, 2022 at 10:48 am
    It was ok to watch, but revisionist historical fiction really gets up my nose.

    Me too but I give a free pass to Inglorious Basterds.


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  84. How will The Australian subsidiary of the Cathedral keep it going …

    No problem. Never underestimate the capacity of the Ostrayan electorate to believe political bullsh1t.


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  85. Chamberlain was well intentioned, he’s seen the slaughter 20 years before, and he was honest, when he realised he couldn’t stop the push for war inside his Government, he resigned.

    Those poor, misunderstood and stood upon Germans were only needing to be respected and given room to develop, honest… 🙁

    Shit Grigs, you are starting to sound like Bird.


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  86. My question then is, following that argument, if a person was to declare himself/herself a hamster or a chair, should we be obliged to

    I am now an attack helicopter, call me Apache 🙂

    Seriously lots and lots of loonies about… did anybody see the woman marry the colour pink? My question, how could a colour give it’s consent?


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  87. Indolentsays:
    January 23, 2022 at 9:29 am
    New Side Effect From mRNA COVID Vaccines?

    Over the last six months or so I have noticed an avalanche of ads on radio from Merck promoting shingles vaccination.

    Every cloud has a silver lining.


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  88. US conservative Matt Walsh asks a leftard trans activist who’s obviously a bloke: “What is a woman?”

    Fruitcake: “It’s not up to me to say.”

    There’s an even simpler way to end this nonsense:

    If gender is just a social construct why do you need surgery?


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  89. Depicts Chamberlain as an intelligent, well intentioned, Mr Nice Guy.
    We know none of these to be true.

    Public opinion in Britain was bitterly opposed to war, the British Army wasn’t equipped to fight on Continental Europe, the Royal Air Force was approaching block obsolescence, the United States were staunchly isolationist and the Dominions would not have fought.


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  90. Indolentsays:
    January 23, 2022 at 9:29 am
    New Side Effect From mRNA COVID Vaccines?

    Over the last six months or so I have noticed an avalanche of ads on radio from Merck promoting shingles vaccination.

    Every cloud has a silver lining.


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  91. I know people in Oz who had AZ, Pfizer & Moderna who all have had shingles within a couple of months.
    Oldest one in their 80’s.
    Youngest one early 20’s.
    The only person I know who had the J&J shot also had shingles during the middle of the US summer which he said was just horrible.
    The question is, why ?


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  92. Those poor, misunderstood and stood upon Germans were only needing to be respected and given room to develop, honest

    There was a body of opinion in Britain that argued just that – Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…


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  93. when he realised he couldn’t stop the push for war inside his Government, he resigned.

    However, that other Chamberlain, Arthur Neville Chamberlain, resigned during the collapse of the Norwegian campaign.


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  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All true zk2a, but that doesn’t stop Chamberlain from being a pythonesque upper class twit who was prepared to throw all of Europe and a future Britain under the nazi bus, just to prolong his political career for a few more months.


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  95. QB for the Bengals has been sacked (tackled) 8 times today.
    His team mates response has been subdued on most occasions.
    Compare that to when Tom Brady is sacked & it’s half a dozen players rushing over to him to make sure he’s fine & to help him up.


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  96. Google is not a good search engine.

    Google is a good search engine, just not for the reasons you think. The modern day equivalent to a set of horse blinkers.


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  97. Shingles is an AutoImmune Disease,

    Wrong.

    Varicella zoster virus goes dormant in human neural cells, only to potentially reactivate later in life.

    Grigory could have had a broken clock moment in his claim that coof stabs might be a mediating factor in reactivation, but there is insufficient information to make it conclusive.

    In summary, I give Grigs a 4.5/5 Gypsums* for this one.

    * (Where 0 Gypsums is a “Holy [Shirt]! Grigs is actually accurate and non-disingenuous for once!” and 5 is “Fuck off, Grigory…”)


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  98. Me too but I give a free pass to Inglorious Basterds.

    Torching goddam hippies in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gets a pass too.
    Also torching goddam nasties in The 14 Fists of McCluskey.


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  99. Rex, could it be that coming into contact with COVID triggers it?
    It is a bio weapon & this could be the unintended consequence.
    Or is that just a silly idea?


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  100. All true zk2a, but that doesn’t stop Chamberlain from being a pythonesque upper class twit who was prepared to throw all of Europe and a future Britain under the nazi bus, just to prolong his political career for a few more months.

    Was he really an upper class twit? In the midst of “peace in our time” and all sorts of dilly dallying Britain was embarking on a massive re-armament program that completely eclipsed anything since WWI.

    I will take actions over words any day.


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  101. Grigory could have had a broken clock moment in his claim that coof stabs might be a mediating factor in reactivation, but there is presently insufficient information to make it conclusive.

    Lemme just throw that qualifier in there.

    Given sufficient time, we’ll know for certain. Just like all that other anecdotal data about the nastiness of the stabs slowly hardening into medically verifiable fact…


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  102. There was a body of opinion in Britain that argued just that – Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…

    Only the people with a functioning brain thought that w3ay.
    The deal went down like this:
    An Armistice was agreed upon where all the combatants would retreat to their pre War borders and hostilities would cease.
    However, Britain still blockaded the Sea Lanes, starving Germany, in violation of the Armistice.
    Combined with that were Communist Revolutions in the German States, virtual Anarchy in the Cities caused by starvation and Communists rioting and the stage was set for the totally illegal carve up of the German Empire and the creation of states that had never existed before, e.g. Czechoslovakia, Latvia, Estonia, Romania and the reinvention of States that hade been defunct for centuries, e.g., Poland band Lithuania.
    There were also a coupla Countries that Versailles just erased, like they’d never existed
    Other parts of Germ any, i.e., places entirely populated by Germans, were gifted to France aqnd Denmark.
    There were still people in England who knew that all this bastardry had happened and didn’t see any reason for Round Two to begin.


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  103. There are moments of quiet reflection when I just think how US government officials funded a the engineering of a bio-weapon in a Chinese lab.
    And these officials are not in some form of jail.


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  104. Rex, could it be that coming into contact with COVID triggers it?
    It is a bio weapon & this could be the unintended consequence.
    Or is that just a silly idea?

    I’m unconvinced by the idea of viral interaction, bern.

    But since it is senescent folk with some form of (even temporary) immune suppression or dysfunction (e.g. getting a bit run down by something[s] else, then copping a flare-up), and it can be resolved or avoided with a varicella-specific vaccine, the idea of one’s system going berko reacting to the stab’s spike proteins and struggling to respond to the ‘more’usual threats it faces is not impossible.


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  105. There was a body of opinion in Britain that argued just that – Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…

    At the Paris Peace Conference, Billy Hughes was presenting his case for Australian control of former German colonies New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago & and the Solomons to Woodrow Wilson, who preferred League of Nations oversight.

    Neither would budge, prompting Lloyd George to attempt to mediate a compromise. If granted his wish, would he permit American missionaries free access to the territories? Hughes responed in the affirmative, saying, “I understand that these poor people are very short of food and for some time past they have not had enough missionaries”.

    Wilson didn’t get the joke.


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  106. There are moments of quiet reflection when I just think how US government officials funded a the engineering of a bio-weapon in a Chinese lab.
    And these officials are not in some form of jail.

    My take has been the US and China were both trying to play each other. Military espionage by very reckless civilian kayfabe cooperation.

    High ranking professors have been caught out with contraband a few times. This is old news really.


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  107. My apologies fellow Johnsons, I seem to have triggered the gypsum man.

    Let’s get this out in the open! Exactly many Cat regulars identify as outboard motors?!


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  108. Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…

    I wonder, would that have had anything to do with the butchery of women and children in Belgium and France?


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  109. A no booster, no entry policy could be potentially on the cards for Victorians who haven’t had their third jab.

    Dan’s response to the collapsing narrative.
    Let’s fsck things up, some more.


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  110. Missus having hip surgery now. The surgeons earn their dough. At Bunbury hospital… an interesting meeting place for tatts, no shoes and pot bellies. Parking is free but. Unlike Perth hospitals.


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  111. A no booster, no entry policy could be potentially on the cards for Victorians who haven’t had their third jab.

    In the interest of social democracy and the greater participation of workers in decisions which effect them (what socialist could be against that, eh Dan?), may I suggest that hospitality workers – who’ll bear the brunt of public displeasure over this measure – have the deciding vote on this?


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  112. Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…

    I wonder, would that have had anything to do with the butchery of women and children in Belgium and France?

    I’m not saying I agree with that statement. The treaty of Brest Litivosk, imposed by Germany on a defeated Russia was more draconian then Versailles ever was. The archives of Imperial Germany reveal that any peace imposed on a defeated Britain and France would have resulted in the loss of their colonial Empires, Britain being stripped of the Royal Navy, and both countries suffering massive reparations, designed to prevent them ever posing a threat to Germany again.


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  113. Dick Ed

    Chamberlain was well intentioned, he’s seen the slaughter 20 years before, and he was honest, when he realised he couldn’t stop the push for war inside his Government, he resigned.

    Chamberlain resigned in May 1940. The War was well underway by then. Chamberlain was the PM at the time war was declared.


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  114. Zulu

    There was a body of opinion in Britain that argued just that – Germany had been treated very harshly at Versailles…

    Not as harshly as the Germans treated the Russians at Brest-Litovsk.


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  115. The surgeon who did both my knees also gives his time to work in the Public Hospital.
    I had two stays in Private including 2 Physio sessions a day. Red wine with dinner. My only out of pocket was when I bought coffee.
    Just putting it out there because that’s the sort of person I am.


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  116. feelthebern says:
    January 23, 2022 at 10:44 am

    As soon as the US stops reporting COVID numbers in Feb there will be a push by the Cathedral to say COVID isn’t bad anymore.
    How will The Australian subsidiary of the Cathedral keep it going until the election (at least).

    The local cathedral’s media just won’t mention anything inconvenient from the USA.

    How many Aussies have heard that the CDC admitted PCR tests were useless? The few who know that never heard it from our media.


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  117. Ed Case: Chamberlain was well intentioned…

    And appeasing dictators intent on world domination just gives them time and space to ramp up their forces….


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  118. 40 years … still a goer
    (100 pulls is s serious under estimate)

    My grandfather and I once tried to start an old JAP engine he had. We never got it going. Each time we tried to start it something snapped off, it was shedding cooling fins like they were dandruff!


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  119. I wonder, would that have had anything to do with the butchery of women and children in Belgium and France?

    Atrocity propaganda from 1914 to stir up patriotism in Britain.
    Proven to be FakeNews after the War.
    The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was with the Soviet Union, a Criminal State.
    Who cares how harsh the Terms were for the murderers?


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  120. Who would buy nut juice?

    Many thoroughly modern major women. Full of neuroses about lactose and milk and Big Processed Food and being ‘healthy.’

    And often ending up prematurely osteoporotic because of the lack of calcium.

    Not that Bing or Google will reliably tell you these things, in its rush to promote Big ‘Health…’


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  121. Who would buy nut juice?

    Though the pun swings the other way as well.

    Much like the 2 Viktoristani AFLW sportsMA’AMs and their out-of-State ‘donation’ commented about on the Cat yesterday…


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  122. Rickw,
    Was there a frame with the JAP? Certainly a blast from the past but probably a few of them going round at Classic races.
    Modern bikes have Jap engines. Usually.


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  123. The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was with the Soviet Union, a Criminal State.
    Who cares how harsh the Terms were for the murderers?

    Now you can fuck off, Grigory.

    You’ve gone clean past historical fact and into Avian-style unnecessarily inflammatory value judgements.

    If you insist on being Graeme Bird 2.5 (given Runnybum’s sudden fascination for the topic), then you are half-arsing. Fuck off back into your corner and read your Protocols first before you try this bullshit again.


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  124. Was there a frame with the JAP? Certainly a blast from the past but probably a few of them going round at Classic races.

    No, just the engine. I don’t know how it could have been rescued. Something had gone horribly wrong with the aluminium over time. Maybe disassemble and heat to the right temperature in an autoclave?


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  125. rickw says:
    January 23, 2022 at 11:37 am
    My apologies fellow Johnsons, I seem to have triggered the gypsum man.

    Let’s get this out in the open! Exactly many Cat regulars identify as outboard motors?!

    rickw johnson is right.

    all Cat outboard motors please come out of the closet… shed??


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  126. The question is, why ?

    Shingles attacks when the immune system is weakened. If a vaccine or any drug or other factor sufficiently weakens your immune system, your chances of getting shingles is very high.


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  127. In the interest of social democracy and the greater participation of workers in decisions which effect them (what socialist could be against that, eh Dan?), may I suggest that hospitality workers – who’ll bear the brunt of public displeasure over this measure – have the deciding vote on this?

    Of course this isn’t how socialism works. Central planning needs a heirarchy, in which case viola! It’s proponents get to call the shots.

    Socialism is a sophisticated method of obtaining power and eliminating rivals.


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  128. Rickw,
    Two stroke. 4s are too quiet.
    As for the JAP I’m no expert. By a long shot.
    But I’m sure there are some around.
    I don’t know any. As a raspberry ripple I am out of the loop these days.


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  129. Today I learned that the Communist Manifesto was originally called the “Communist Confession of Faith”.
    Yep, it’s a religion.

    The TIK history channel is pretty awesome.
    I’m too delicate to sit through the Stalingrad battles, but the rest is just incredible.
    The footnotes & references would make most doctorate students blush.


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