1,387 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 29 Jan 2022”

  1. dopeysays:

    January 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Roger. Don Felder said he taught Tom Petty guitar too.

    So did José Feliciano.
    Although he did say, “Look, the guy said he was Tom Petty, but honestly, how would I know?”


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  2. The same is true re COVID policy. There needs to be reckoning.

    Oh yeah, the reckoning. The reckoning is where you throw out lib governments, increase the majority for existing liar’s party state governments and have wall to wall Liars. I keep thinking at times , this could be a stealth Liar’s Party site. What reckoning will there be for the Hunchback? How about the Queer’s Land? Oh how about the hermit kingdom out west?


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  3. These guys could sing: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

    Harmonies, at their best. Akin to he Beach Boys in quality and precision. Stills has done swag of amazing solo albums too, where you can hear the core quality of the CS&N harmonies. The one I’ve always loved most has been Southern Cross.


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  4. Depends upon what you meant by bitching 

    I mean being Donald.
    His main fault was going on 24/7 about stuff.
    Sure, mention it, and explain why it is important for the country.
    If his campaign is largely “I wuz robbed” he will lose.


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  5. If his campaign is largely “I wuz robbed” he will lose.

    You know, a decent candidate would have beat Clinton in 96. They put up Bob Dole who’s campaign shtick was “this is the last one for the WW2 generation” and a sort of looking back version of “we was robbed”. He lost.


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  6. Stills has done swag of amazing solo albums too, where you can hear the core quality of the CS&N harmonies.

    On CSN’s first album Stills played every instrument – guitar, bass & keyboards – except drums and a few acoustic parts by Crosby. He’s always been a very underrated musician & sognwriter.


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  7. I promise, I’m not going to criticize you about this.

    I’m disappointed; you know I crave your criticisms.

    You’ve frequently suggested that it’s a 50/50 bet they actually carry through with elections in Nov.
    Explain the scenario and offer a little color.

    You have to understand the left mentality. They want power, nothing else; all the virtue signalling is just camouflage. Plus they have no morals or ethics, none; so they’re capable of anything and whatever it takes. Look at the Jan 6 bullshit. Hundreds of people are now incarcerated in 3rd world conditions, all constitutional rights removed and no media or political/legal outcry even from the GOP apart from one or 2. The institutions, FBI, DOJ etc are all doing shit which contravenes all legal process. Given this suspending elections because of a manufactured domestic violence crisis is not much of a step further.

    A little colour

    Arguably the most successful comedic purveyor of fart jokes was Roland le Sarcere, also known as Roland the Farter, court minstrel to King Henry II of England. Roland performed a dance that ended with the simultaneous execution of one jump, one whistle, and one fart. For his talents Roland was gifted a manor house in Suffolk and 100 acres of land. Roland was so beloved that subsequent chroniclers repeated his story and expanded his biography, a process that inadvertently extended his lifespan to 120 years.


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  8. Oh yeah, the reckoning. The reckoning is where you throw out lib governments, increase the majority for existing liar’s party state governments and have wall to wall Liars.

    JC, the Libs are a liars party.


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  9. Christians should be charitable.

    And witty.

    Last night watched an old BBC doco on Evelyn Waugh. Good Catholic but desperately bored to the point of tormented. Same with G Greene.

    Waugh’s attempts to liven things up were often misunderstood.


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  10. Roland performed a dance that ended with the simultaneous execution of one jump, one whistle, and one fart.

    No way. Video or it didn’t happen.

    I do it every morning after getting out of bed. You’re still young; as you get older you’ll get there too.


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  11. Dover

    They’re a confused rabble, but they aren’t the Liars. NSW has acted nothing like Victoria, so there’s that. The liar’s party would have made things multiple times worse. Hell isn’t just a road paved with good intentions, it’s also thinking a moderate silly middle of the road party is the same as those dishonest, decadent imbeciles in the Liars party. They are not.


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  12. I have been pondering Cassie’s question about “woke” Rebecca and have come to a conclusion about some very subtle “messaging” in the new iteration.

    Old Hollywood had a “sinner must pay” rule in their storylines. Our own Messrs. Movies, cohenite and Woolfman could expand on that with many…many examples. The original story had that already built in – Maxim commits murder and loses his precious home that he sold his soul for. The End.

    The new movie takes a subtle twist. It is not enough for Maxim to lose the house, but retain his better, more lasting treasure – his new, loving and innocent wife. After all, he has not appreciated his first beautiful, sexually liberated, you go girl, commanding and loveable (to all but him) Rebecca. In fact, he kills her and replaces her with a more malleable, Stepford version.

    But all is not as it seems. His life, even having sloughed off the cares of Manderley, won’t be pleasant at all.

    Woke Rebecca is sh*t.


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  13. The Clinton administration & Gingrich congress doesn’t get enough criticism.
    Part one was NAFTA.
    Part two was the dismantling of the anti-trust regime became bi-partisan (ex beating up on Microsoft which ended under the GWB administration).


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  14. The Clinton administration & Gingrich congress doesn’t get enough criticism.
    Part one was NAFTA.

    From a right wing perspective, NAFTA was good because it weakened the auto unions and the Detroit Armistice the government and the unions shared.


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  15. Bern

    Be realistic. Do you think the NSW Libs performed better than the Hunchback’s team over the past 2 years? I do by a mile. Now, put this is federal perspective and think what things would be like if Tits Shorten was “Pime Minister”, because that is the correct comparison.


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  16. Agree Calli – tedious and boring.
    I lurk here for much better.

    Last night. Early on, I did put up an interesting poem, which could have kept you busy.
    Meantime, I watched Love it or List it followed by Brief Encounter and Hairy watched the tennis followed by The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Both in essence tales about the intensity of love but also about how you can’t go around marriage wrecking. One set in the 40’s and the other in the 70’s.

    I did pop in briefly to watch Ash Barty’s gracious speech. Brief Encounter finished first so then I joined Hairy for the dual conclusion of the Lyme Regis show. I have stood on the end of The Cob there myself and let my hair blow wild. As you do, of course.


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  17. On this Greenwald Callin, Jim Jordan has been filleted.
    Go on Foxnews & a range of talk shows and talk tough against Big Tech.
    Then do nothing about it, unless you call getting donations from google doing something.


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  18. feelthebern says:
    January 30, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Private sector unions in the US were/are a fraction of the problem the public sector unions were/are.

    Truly, much less now than they were then. The US carmaking industry was a total fucking shambles because of the AWU. A Detroit worker was earning 30 bucks an hour in 1995 vs 17 bucks an hour for an autoworker in Japan working for Toyota. It was a complete mass raping. And they also made shitty cars.


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  19. JC, if I was put through what Victorians had been put through over the past two years I would have topped myself.
    Just because the Libs in NSW were less worse, doesn’t give them a pass mark.


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  20. Old Hollywood had a “sinner must pay” rule in their storylines. Our own Messrs. Movies, cohenite and Woolfman could expand on that with many…many examples.

    It started with the Hays Code in 1934. After that no bad guy could get away with it. Cagney, Bogart, Edward G, Lorre, Cook jr and countless other villains from the wrong side of the moral tracks got their comeuppance because of the edict that crime doesn’t pay. Hays ended in 1969


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  21. Miss Anthropistsays:

    January 30, 2022 at 12:58 pm

    Credit where credit is due.
    The LNP are the least offensive of the Uniparty.

    This is true.
    The best we can hope for is a Senate minority which puts a crimp in the excesses of The Albo Regime if he is elected.
    And that will not be Fat Cloive.
    As soon as his Rent Seeking Subsidy Trough is full, he will wave anything through.


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  22. I can’t wait for the South Park episode on Rogan & Spotify.
    I have no doubt they’d have one lined up.
    I reckon Neil Young & the hippies would be a super friends style group like what they did with Jesus, Mo’ & Buddha etc.


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  23. On The Steal.

    The takeaway from 2020 is shaping up as:

    1) US voting systems are, by design, open to corruption;

    2) Corruption is widely distributed and practiced at a local level by activist electoral officials who ‘know what to do’;

    3) Because of 1) & 2) issues and extent of vote fraud are too complicated for quick and reliable forensic identification – Courts will not involve themselves (or can avoid involving themselves) in the constitutional electoral process within the timeframe available.

    The GOP needs to make sure as much 2020 detail as possible is out for the mid-terms and certainly for 2024.

    And (to the extent possible) put in place surveillance that allows early ‘evidence-grade’ fraud identification – that puts a significant political and personal cost on corrupt activity.

    In other words, anticipate and make corruption a lot more risky at a local level.

    Complaining about the past and demanding voters ‘put things right’ probably won’t fix the situation.


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  24. The benefit of NAFTA was that it neutered the private sector unions.
    The problem with NAFTA was it helped the hollowing out of the middle class.

    I suspect all those corporations who moved their factory south of the border are now paying hefty “taxes” to slightly spaced-out guys with AKs. And all those corporations who moved to Canada are wondering how to profitably make stuff while paying sky-high Gaia taxes and without offending an endless supply of woke Karens and unpronounceable tribes.

    Note to Nth American businessmen: move to a red state and leave any politics you had at the border.


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  25. Thanks, cohenite. I remember that other Mr. Movies talking about it in relation to scripts, some distorted to fit, but couldn’t quite remember the dates.

    There was another one – in bedroom scenes, one of the pair had to have their feet on the floor.


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  26. They’re a confused rabble, but they aren’t the Liars. NSW has acted nothing like Victoria, so there’s that.

    Neither was Qld, but NSW still reverted to a weak rabble from June 2021 onwards and there is nothing good to say about the Libs federally. The few LNP MP/Senators that resisted COVID should be supported but anyone else should be treated with extreme prejudice.


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  27. At the federal level the Libs exist to provide a semblance of choice for the voter.

    Whatever they may say, they always come around to legislating Labor’s agenda for them.


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  28. JCsays:

    January 30, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    If his campaign is largely “I wuz robbed” he will lose.

    You know, a decent candidate would have beat Clinton in 96. They put up Bob Dole who’s campaign shtick was “this is the last one for the WW2 generation” and a sort of looking back version of “we was robbed”. He lost.

    JC, you know the American psyche better than most here.
    From my more limited experience, they can’t abide a sore loser.
    It doesn’t matter if you got a bad call from the ref, or if your rival Billy Bob let the tyres down on your Nascar, or if your opponent’s manager is besties with the Boxing Commission President.
    They do not like sore losers.
    Right maybe on The Donald’s side, but if he runs a three month campaign with every waking moment focussed on The Big Steal, he will lose bigly.
    Probably won’t make it out of the Primaries.


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  29. Brucie, what you “suspect” or what it is you imagine these days is laughable. The car makers continue to access plants in Mexico and it is working or has worked well. There are no complaints about Canada that I’ve read. You really are living in another universe. Has Hallward done this to you?


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  30. In other words, anticipate and make corruption a lot more risky at a local level.

    Complaining about the past and demanding voters ‘put things right’ probably won’t fix the situation.

    These are complementary. The effort required locally for surveilling the conduct of 2022 and 2024 election requires the motivation that is cultivated by 2020.


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  31. Orange man will be aged 77 in 2024. The significance is:

    This means that if these two men do happen to contest the 2024 election, then it will be the first year in history where both candidates are above the national average life expectancy.

    A sad and decrepit state of affairs. Yet… there does not seem to be anyone else with the right (for Americans) values who is trusted by the public enough to run against Sniffer in Chief.
    If one were cynical one might presume that `murcan policy is formulated by the unelected public service and so there is no great rush for any do-gooder to wade into politics, as one facade politician is as useful as another. This is basically Trump’s “Washington Swamp” meme, and the problem with using the Swamp Meme as a recruiting tool for MAGA is that it is severely in need of evidence and a critical mass of popular credibility.
    It’s the critical mass of mutual knowledge that is important. As the old saying goes… the revolution does not begin when you know what the problem is, the revolution begins when you know that I know that you know what the problem is.


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  32. From a right wing perspective, NAFTA was good because it weakened the auto unions and the Detroit Armistice the government and the unions shared.

    Huge sections of the US economy was hollowed out. Tens of thousands of communities destroyed. Steel, fabrication and manufacturing , smelting, metals mining, all feeding into the auto industry were gutted. Timing it perfectly, big Pharma rolled out it’s opioid wave for disenfranchised. Additionally, NAFTA enabled the gutting of many other industries- textiles, whitegoods, machine tools , the list goes on. The UWA had a hand in fking the auto industry but NAFTA fkd a whole generation demographic. Millions of families. Trump did his best to turn that around but the globalist lackey’s in the Swamp (Dem and GOP alike) had to make sure those globalist rivers of treasure were not diverted. So in addition to undermining his Presidency at every turn imaginable, the election was stolen.


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  33. You’re right, Sanchez. If Trump goes in whining that the election was stolen he will legitimately lose this time around as whining or looking back doesn’t win fair elections over there. If the fucker crafted the argument to suggest that, yes 2020 was stolen for Brandon but he(Trump) will do what he can to ensure it doesn’t happen again, then he should win provided he can work off the cheating.


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  34. “look at me”….”look at me”.

    . that has been the problem for many years for Grace and probably the cause of her terrible troubles


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  35. The other is a weasel who’s shtick is “look at me”….”look at me”.

    I’ll say. Boyfriend decides to pop the question down on one knee and don’t you know it, there just happens to be a press photographer there to capture the moment. The out of focus bushes in the foreground lend one to suppose that the whole thing was papped. She appears to be sucking in her midriff in true instagram influencer style while choking back the tears due to the drama. Immortalised in the pages of the Hobart Mercury for all time.


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  36. It took the destruction of the steel industry & it’s effective rebirthing to now be worlds best.
    I don’t count the advanced material production in that because it a fraction of the size of US steel production.


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  37. The biggest problem in the US is the tax burden falls unfairly upon income earners.
    Not asset holders.
    We have the same problem here in Australia times 100.


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  38. Both the tennis women spoke well although I find the current compulsion to over the top emotion and “those who love me” babble a bit much to take.
    Ash’s “how bloody good is that” was a winner.
    Collins is impressive on court but she did rival Rudd’s concession speech for length . Fortunately she eventually ran out of people who love her.
    She may have taken her lead from the apalling ‘look at me’ Tennis Australia boss who refused to shut up. Lady, the girls do the playing, you just collect the tickets, sock it.


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  39. There was another one – in bedroom scenes, one of the pair had to have their feet on the floor.

    They got around the feet on the floor and single beds. In The Big Sleep Bogart asks some questions of the dowdy bookshop girl, Dorothy Malone, who takes off her glasses and releases her hair; Bogart produces a flask, she puts up the shop closed sign, some sensuous music begins, the camera pans to the street and then after a while back to a very satisfied looking librarian. There’s also a witty scene where Bogart and Bacall discuss sex in horse racing terms:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxaHqBvbzB8


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  40. Anyone notice this yesterday. ‘Cramps’, they say:

    Australian Open junior fourth seed Jakub Mensik has collapsed with full-body cramps in a dramatic finish to a brutal boys’ final.

    The Czech 16-year-old was serving to stay in the match at 5-6 in the deciding third set against Bruno Kuzuhara when his legs seized up, leaving him struggling to continue.

    He then served successive double faults that allowed Kuzuhara to seal a 7-6 (7-4) 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 victory in an epic contest that lasted three hours and 43 minutes.

    Mensik collapsed after losing championship point and received medical attention before being taken away from the court in a wheelchair.

    He was unable to participate in the trophy ceremony.

    “It’s an unfortunate way to win it but I’m wishing Jacob a speedy recovery,” top seed Kuzuhara said.


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  41. These are complementary. The effort required locally for surveilling the conduct of 2022 and 2024 election requires the motivation that is cultivated by 2020.

    This is quite correct.

    And the effort and intrusiveness of introducing surveillance – the court skirmishes and State issues and activist howling – would be a big help in circumventing the MSM containment/silencing on behalf of the Democrats.

    My original point was that simply complaining 2020 to the voting public is unlikely to achieve much on its own.


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  42. Sure, mention it, and explain why it is important for the country.
    If his campaign is largely “I wuz robbed” he will lose.

    That sort of carry on led to the loss of the Georgia seats.
    A political Stalingrad.


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  43. Haha, I can’t see Pelosi retiring. It would be open season if that occurred.

    Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi’s son is embroiled in SIXTH FBI probe – this time into San Francisco official who was allegedly bribed to remove permit violations against squalid flop house ‘The Pit’, owned by his ex-girlfriend (28 Jan)

    I wonder if the “10% for the big guy” is bigger from Russia, Ukraine or China. Interesting geopolitical question.


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  44. That sort of carry on led to the loss of the Georgia seats.

    No, the opposite. They lost those two seats because they put up two RINO candidates that played the ‘look forward and don’t mention the election only two months earlier’ strategy. They meekly made mention of it in the last two weeks because their polling numbers were terrible but the base by then knew them for what they were and didn’t bother voting. It didn’t help that Republican officials were lying their arse off about their deal with Abrams and the conduct of the election.


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  45. …The reckoning is where you throw out lib governments, increase the majority for existing liar’s party state governments and have wall to wall Liars.

    There is no liberal party in government in Australia they are all Labor-Lite


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  46. Whilst I respect the enthusiasm of commenters pondering on who might stand and how they might win in 2024, the fact is that the Dems have figured out how to cheat, they saw it work, and they will replicate that (with suitable modifications as required) in perpetuity.

    They might be dumb and wrong, but they aren’t stupid. They will cheat until they can legislate, but in any event there will never be another Republican President of the USA.


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  47. MfM – The mid terms will be very interesting. The question being do they dare allow the Republicans to win the House and the Senate? Which they will unless the Dem black ops teams go all out. Or do they steal the election blatantly to keep their agenda going?

    The other issue of course if the Republicans do get the House and the Senate there will be lots and lots of extremely painful hearings and Congressional investigations.


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  48. My query is, is there not a way to avoid this by some drainage elevation of tracks and roadway or something, or is it cheaper to grin and bear the occasional flooding?

    Gabor, the chatter I am hearing is that the flooding that has cut the Trans is a 1 in 50-year sort of event. Though some of the culvert washaway pics out there suggest that some dodgy engineering to replace what was probably low bridges with smaller concrete culverts and just fill around them occurred somewhere way back when.

    The cost and effort of bridging some of those floodplain areas would be prohibitive and probably take far too long to resolve. It will probably be a case of rebuilding with far bigger channels, and go from there.

    Once the ground dries out enough, of course. I am told many of the areas in question are on limestone and other pretty solid ground- No rapid drainage like you get with sand.


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  49. Right maybe on The Donald’s side, but if he runs a three month campaign with every waking moment focussed on The Big Steal, he will lose bigly.
    Probably won’t make it out of the Primaries.

    The reason he’s going in so hard about this now is to support the various decertification efforts going on around the country, which are starting to ripen. If you’re trying to predict what a Trump 2024 platform looks like, I wouldn’t extrapolate too much from what he is saying now.

    In fact, I think I can predict and summarise the central plank of a Trump 2024 platform – ‘look how terrible Biden’s America is. Remember how awesome Trump’s America was? We can get that back! MAGA’

    I’m not saying that Trump doesn’t hold a grudge about what happened in 2020, and if he runs in 2024, no doubt he’ll raise the big steal. It’s an important part of the narrative, after all. But it’s not a central part of the narrative. Also, it would need to be presented in the context that the problems that allowed the election to be stolen have been fixed, as people may not vote in elections they perceive to be rigged. No, if Trump runs in 2024, he will run primarily on his record and contrast it with that of his successor. And he will likely have a good story to tell.

    That sort of carry on led to the loss of the Georgia seats.

    No, it was the spineless unwillingness of Sens Perdue and Loeffler to make firm commitments to investigate what happened in Georgia in 2020 that suppressed GOP voter turnout, resulting in them getting shit-canned. As mentioned above, people don’t vote in elections they think are rigged. They also don’t vote for cowards.


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  50. China brings back anal swab testing for Covid two weeks before Winter Olympics begin

    Earlier this week, China cancelled plans to sell tickets to the public for the Olympics and said only ‘selected’ spectators will be permitted to attend, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country reached their highest since March 2020.

    And organizers today said the already scaled back Olympics torch relay will be cordoned off from the general public because of Covid measures.

    Anal probe + no Olympics for you. What’s not to like.


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  51. Pravda on Portland Place, a.k.a the BBC, has a specialist Disinformation and Social Media reporter.

    She wants to interview Peter Hitchens, who quite rightly questions her objectivity given her title.

    Naturally, she has a book coming out, Among the Trolls: Notes From the Disinformation Wars.

    You can be sure Dr. Fauci won’t be one of her subjects.


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  52. I don’t think Avenatti and Stormy are on good terms these days.

    Michael Avenatti quizzes Stormy Daniels on her line of lube, her ability to talk to the dead, and her tweets about him being ‘a**-raped in prison’, as he continues bizarre cross-examination of his former client (29 Jan)

    That article from the Daily fucking Mail also says Trump had an affair with the whore; he did not.


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  53. China brings back anal swab testing for Covid two weeks before Winter Olympics begin

    We can at least be thankful that’s one of the few aspects of China’s covid response the West didn’t copy.


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  54. Getting up to speed on Wiki on the life of W.S. Gilbert and noticed this description of his death:

    On 29 May 1911, Gilbert was about to give a swimming lesson to two young women, Winifred Isabel Emery (1890–1972),[108][109] and 17-year-old Ruby Preece[110][111] in the lake of his home, Grim’s Dyke, when Preece got into difficulties and called for help.[85] Gilbert dived in to save her but suffered a heart attack in the middle of the lake and died at the age of 74.

    Winifred Isabel obviously lived another 61 years, but why is there a link to Ruby Preece’s name yet no indication of when she died?
    I heroically clicked that link and ended up here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Preece
    No spoilers but FMD, if this girl had been born 100 years later and moved to Australia, she woulda been a Shoo-in for AOTY in any year you could care to name.
    AOTY Emeritus, even.


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  55. China brings back anal swab testing for Covid two weeks before Winter Olympics begin

    A bunch of US diplomats arrived in China. Boy did they get a warm welcome!

    Records reveal Chinese government performed anal swab COVID-19 tests on US diplomatic officials (26 Jan)

    U.S. diplomatic officials in China were asked to submit to anal swab COVID-19 testing by the Chinese government, according to records from the U.S. Department of State.

    The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, revealed one of the U.S. employees tested was given a COVID-19 anal swab test “at his apartment.”

    Telling that neither Biden nor Blinken did anything about this incredible insult.


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  56. BoN, mid-terms are a LOT harder to cheat.

    You can swing a Senate seat or two (which is not wildly different to swinging a State or two in a Presidential) but the logistics of running the House are such that I’m not sure it’s possible. The odd seat is probably not so tough, but holding up against what looks to be a serious swing is surely impossible.

    The GOP can inquire until they are blue in the face. The media won’t report it, the inquiries will be all “far right” if they are mentioned and so life will go on.

    The distributed nature of US voting laws (as JC and others have highlighted above) means that the Dems only have to ensure they cheat in key places, and – let’s face it – cheating (aka, in its mildest form, gerrymandering) has a rich tradition on both side of US politics, so we can assume it will happen.

    The Dems are very good at it. Game over.


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  57. That article from the Daily fucking Mail also says Trump had an affair with the whore; he did not.

    Look, Virginia,
    I know you’ve led a sheltered life, but The Donald would fuck anything with feathers.


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  58. That article from the Daily fucking Mail also says Trump had an affair with the whore; he did not.

    Why did he pay her off then? Sure, it wasn’t an affair as he would have just leg overed in a one night stand. He did bang her though, right?


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  59. Good grief!

    Custard, I don’t like it any more than the next bloke, but if you can show me any way that the Dems can be stopped from just blatantly cheating again over the next couple of Presidential cycles – during which they will undoubtedly have a chance to legislate their permanent incumbency (a la the Bill they have tried to get up this term) – I am all ears.


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  60. Mark – If the GOP wins the House and the Senate then Ron Klain’s agenda comes to a crashing halt for at least two years, and probably is reversed. The Bernie Bros will not be happy. So irrespective of the difficulty they have an enormous incentive to try to steal the mid terms. After all Gaia wants them to it to save the planet from disgusting humans.


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  61. in any event there will never be another Republican President of the USA.

    The last two Republican presidents were only elected with razor thin margins. Given the massive ongoing demographic change, turbo charged by Biden, where will Republicans ever get enough voters from in the future?


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  62. Bruce,

    The “want” is undeniably there. I’m just very sceptical about the “means” when it comes to the House. Basically, I don’t think it can be done (he says, touching wood*).

    * No, NOT phrasing.


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  63. Mark – The “means” is software. Easy as pie. The Dems have determined from the 2020 Election that they can do absolutely anything and get away with it. Dominion has had a full gold plated get-out-of-jail card given to them. Stalin was quite correct about who counts the votes.


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  64. The last two Republican presidents were only elected with razor thin margins. Given the massive ongoing demographic change, turbo charged by Biden, where will Republicans ever get enough voters from in the future?

    True(ish) enough.

    But the Dems have seen a bit of uncomfortable shifting about in the demographics of recent times. They won’t be relying on imported votes which may extinguish after a generation or two.

    They want to make this certain, forever. And sometime in the next 8-12 years, they will have the numbers to do so. And they will.


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  65. The last two Republican presidents were only elected with razor thin margins. Given the massive ongoing demographic change, turbo charged by Biden, where will Republicans ever get enough voters from in the future?

    Bush was in the 2000 election, but he won comfortably against the gigilo in o4.

    Also, Latinos aren’t massively for the Democrats, they are a majority but they’re sliding to the GOP. Same goes with blacks to a lesser degree. Whites remain the real focus because they’re about 60% of the electorate and a 2% swing means a lot.


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  66. Look, Virginia,
    I know you’ve led a sheltered life, but The Donald would fuck anything with feathers.

    The issue is donut, would he fuck you.

    Head prefect, we’ve had this discussion. In deference to your mental withering I’ll repeat it. The whore was a meet and greet girl at one of Trump’s casinos. Her side-line was whoring the high rollers and then black-mailing them. Trump found out and wanted to prosecute the skank. The high-rollers did not want that so he reached a commercial settlement with her.


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  67. , the fact is that the Dems have figured out how to cheat, they saw it work, and they will replicate that (with suitable modifications as required) in perpetuity.

    Nonsense on stilts. The Dems ALWAYS cheat. In 2020, a confluence of circumstances came together that allowed them to cheat on a scale that flipped the result – temporary measures put in place due to Covid that weakened election security in battleground states, large numbers of election workers that genuinely believed Trump was worse than Hitler and willing to do whatever it took to get rid of him, a GOP establishment that preferred a Democrat establishment candidate victory over their own candidate, inadequate GOP oversight of the count, inadequate preparation by the Trump campaign to assemble a solid legal team to fight the imposition of Covid measures pre-election and contest the outcome effectively, and an enthusiastic yet naive group of voters that had no idea how low the Dems were willing to stoop to in order to get their guy over the line.

    Subtract just one of those factors from the 2020 election and Trump wins. Most of them won’t apply in 2024. What the Dems managed to pull off in 2020 was a close-run thing and is not replicable. If they won again in 2024 under questionable circumstances, it will be because they devised and were able to implement very different ways of cheating. I don’t think they can do it this way. A Dem candidate may still win in 2024, they’ll have to win the old fashioned way – by being a more attractive choice for voters than the other guy.


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  68. Mark – The “means” is software. Easy as pie.

    Bruce, actually not that easy… multiple systems across the States for starters.

    But the other problem is that it is much, much easier to fudge numbers in a State than in a Congressional District of <700k residents (let alone voters).

    I just don't think that ballot tampering (in whatever form) is viable across enough districts to matter.

    Caveat (after pondering) … in a landslide year


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  69. Mark,

    Predictions are difficult, especially about the future.

    Let’s see what happens at the midterms.

    I predict a massive swing to the Republicans. 28 Democrats are not running again because they know the ruse is up!


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  70. oCo, I hope you are right.

    I guess I just don’t see that 2020 confluence of events as being quite so unique as you do, I’m not sure that all of them were necessary, nor do I think that the ones that matter aren’t replicable.


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  71. I never read this explanation before Cronkite. Oh okay, I’d didn’t know this. Frankly, you should have made sure I was aware of this.

    Remember when the whore sued Donald for lying about her and their affair? Who won that and who had to pay the Trumpster for losing, a rare cost award in the US system. In addition here is the original agreement.

    As punishment for not believing me or forgetting, or both, go and watch The Big Sleep with Bogart and Bacall; and report back.


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  72. The last two Republican presidents were only elected with razor thin margins.

    Obama in 2012 won on a razor thin margin in the battleground states, as did Biden in 2020. It’s the nature of the beast. The Dems can let a bunch of illegals in and allow them to vote in deep blue states, but it’s only going to turn those blue states bluer, so no net gains there. On the other hand, Hispanics and the working class are defecting from the Dems to a more populist GOP, and that augers very well for the Republicans if they don’t revert to being the party of Romney, McCain, McConnell, the Cheneys and the Bushes.


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  73. Cronkers, is she pregnant or devouring the entire season’s US wheat harvest? Dude, she also needs to do something about the length of the hair.

    Don’t disrespect the gun girl head prefect. She can shoot the cheroot out of a shorter’s gob from 100 yards. Anyway she’s having twins.


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  74. The biggest problem is vote harvesting combined with mail in. If this combo exists 24 say goodbye to the chances of the GOP candidate.

    I don’t think these will be major factors in the states that matter come 2024.


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  75. Telling that neither Biden nor Blinken did anything about this incredible insult.

    U.S. weighs letting diplomats leave China over tough COVID rules

    The U.S. State Department is considering whether to authorize departures for American diplomats and their families in China who wish to leave due to the U.S. government’s inability to prevent Chinese authorities from subjecting them to intrusive pandemic control measures, sources told Reuters.

    Bend over.


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  76. that augers very well for the Republicans if they don’t revert to being the party of Romney, McCain, McConnell, the Cheneys and the Bushes.

    However, if there was one party capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, it’d be the Republicans. So let’s see.


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  77. I’m not sure why the anal swab thing is being raised again – it was a power move by the Chinese when Biden entered office.

    Anyway, I think the Yanks should introduce their own Covid testing protocol for Chinese diplomats. You know how prisoners make number plates in the slammer? Well, maybe they could do Covid swabs as well. When Chinese VIPs and diplomats touch down in the US, they can be bussed to the nearest penitentiary to be checked for Covid by Bubba. Privacy is assured, although Bubba’s swabbing technique is somewhat unconventional.


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  78. Kaitlin’s cheeks have that rosy glow you get in late pregnancy. Those horrible old ladies at the abortuary – withered, angry, defeated. And a balding, grey old man too.

    Grotesques doesn’t begin to describe it.


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  79. PROVERBS FOR MODERN TIMES
    There are three things that feminists hate, yea, even four things they despise: a contented wife, a strong husband, happy children, and a household full of love.
    Progressives look at Reason and say “who are you?” and to Common Sense they are a stranger.
    Marxism is the opiate of the elite.
    Socialists boast of their their righteousness, but their desire is only power.
    Progressives demand three things: your approval, your money, and your children.
    Libertarianism is a bridge that is only half-built.
    Progressives hate normal life, and a city that is not in upheaval they abhor.
    The mainstream media are dogs; either attack dogs or lap dogs.
    Feminist women think the worst of men because feminist men are the worst of men. (h/t Grump928(C))
    The Democrats’ demand to let justice prevail actually means let just us prevail.
    The Progressive has two daughters: Submit, and Shut Up.
    The elite sneer at truck drivers who deliver their food.
    Progressives hold a street protest to proclaim their virtue, but others must clean up their mess.
    The more loudly the media insists that something is true, the more likely it is to be false.
    What is advocated by liberals today will be defended by conservatives tomorrow.
    Progressives want to remake the world on someone else’s dime.
    Foolishness is bound up in the heart of an antifa loser, but a 10-year stretch in a Federal PMITA prison will drive it far from him. Or, perhaps not.
    Progressives define hate speech as speech that they hate.
    Joe Biden in the White House is China’s delight



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  80. Rickw, where was the 8?? We’ve had 12?+ this month but nothing last night (Kiewa Valley).

    Corowa recorded 8”. We got 6” according to the rain gauge but maybe more, I’m not sure how accurate it is when it is being hit with squalls.

    The paddock the shed is in is flooded, the floor of the shed is a mere 1/2” above the current high tide mark, the water tanks on the shed are full. I guess my stormwater system is now full tested, no evidence of gutter overflow into the shed. I can’t tell if my emergency overflow gutter pops operated because there’s 6” of water underneath them.

    I have a pump that I had brought to pump out the dam for irrigation. Will try and use it as a flood pump, only problem is where to pump it to that isn’t a km away!


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  81. China brings back anal swab testing for Covid two weeks before Winter Olympics begin
    We can at least be thankful that’s one of the few aspects of China’s covid response the West didn’t copy.

    The Bat Eared Mong hasn’t found out yet….


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  82. Hey you, wailing by the wall
    Hoping it’ll fall in their direction
    Waiting for another resurrection
    Is this what we’ve come to?

    _______________________________________
    Jack Posobiec ?? @JackPosobiec
    · 9h
    Wait til Neil Young finds out about Neil Young
    https://gettr.com/post/prb5aec4ba

    RobFrench2020 @RobFrench2020
    ·6h
    Replying to @JackPosobiec

    I watched the needle
    take another man
    Gone, gone,
    the damage done.


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  83. China’s Manipulation Of Covid Data: The Two ‘Smoking Guns’

    Gun 1:
    24,000 ‘official’ Covid cases since May 2020: 4 deaths. Apparent case fatality rate = 0.016% – about 100th of anywhere else.

    Gun 2:

    A million deaths in China above the long-term trend line in the last 3 years? It is clear that there is an (unexplained) public health catastrophe taking place.

    Is it Covid?

    If it is Covid, assuming a 1.6% case fatality rate, the 1 million excess deaths points to 60 million Covid cases.

    That’s low in population terms, but still quite a lot of coverup.


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  84. Ron Desantis Fans
    @RonDesantisClub
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    Jan 28
    ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR: “The minute they hand you that vaccine passport, every right that you have is transformed into a privilege contingent on you your obedience to arbitrary government dictates. It will make you a slave.” ???


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  85. Let me get this straight, from tomorrow, its a requirement in WA to be ‘fully vaxxed’ to purchase alcohol from Aldi (any premises selling alcohol) but not if you’re purchasing milk and the like? Wow.


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  86. Let me get this straight, from tomorrow, its a requirement in WA to be ‘fully vaxxed’ to purchase alcohol from Aldi (any premises selling alcohol) but not if you’re purchasing milk and the like? Wow.

    The landlord of my local says that. as of tomorrow, he’s liable for a HUNDRED THOUSAND dollar fine, if anyone who isn’t double vaccinated is sprung on the premises, and said person who isn’t doubly vaccinated is liable to a twenty thousand dollar fine…


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  87. Bill Thompson is featuring over at Michael Smith News with Albosleaze having a lady staffer open car doors for him:

    BTW, speaking of hypocrisy, how dare an old, entitled, white man let/expect a downtrodden female staffer open/close the car door for him???



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  88. Keep telling yaself that next lefty protest.

    I don’t have a problem with children at protests, leftie or otherwise. I have a problem with being asked to listen to them as if they are the fount of wisdom, or if they’re being used as a shield in a confrontation, but a child standing next to his or her mother of father repeating a slogan as an adult would is neither here nor there.


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  89. The landlord of my local says that. as of tomorrow, he’s liable for a HUNDRED THOUSAND dollar fine, if anyone who isn’t double vaccinated is sprung on the premises, and said person who isn’t doubly vaccinated is liable to a twenty thousand dollar fine…

    Alla same longa Queensland then.
    Coz of da seance, sighness, science (however you’re supposed to spell it)


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  90. Albo’s girl staffer opening the door for him:

    She’s carrying a briefcase or something, whilst he is empty handed, just stands there & waits while she fumbles with the door.

    It’d be so long since he’s been among normies that he wouldn’t realise how this comes across.


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  91. The landlord of my local says that. as of tomorrow, he’s liable for a HUNDRED THOUSAND dollar fine, if anyone who isn’t double vaccinated is sprung on the premises, and said person who isn’t doubly vaccinated is liable to a twenty thousand dollar fine…

    An enterprising vaccinated soul could start up a side gig delivering booze.


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  92. It’d be so long since he’s been among normies that he wouldn’t realise how this comes across.

    Like wearing an Akubra because you’re in regional QLD.


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  93. JC has a point about the Lieborals. That is why they get my 4th preference ahead of the Liars and Greens. The best I can do in one of their safest seats in the country.


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  94. Let me get this straight, from tomorrow, its a requirement in WA to be ‘fully vaxxed’ to purchase alcohol from Aldi (any premises selling alcohol) but not if you’re purchasing milk and the like? Wow.

    The same applies in Quebec apparently.


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  95. Bill Thompson is featuring over at Michael Smith News with Albosleaze having a lady staffer open car doors for him:

    Did you see Albo escorted to a presser by a woman holding an umbrella over him while she’s copping most of the rain?

    Albo’s not right in the head.


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  96. This group “Law Abiding Firearms Owners” has done yeoman’s work in FOI requests and putting pieces together. They have a strong evidence based case that the QLD Premier and her department lackeys were themselves drafting the text for public health orders for QLD’s CHO (Jeanette Young) to sign, regarding the ammo sales ban at the very beginning of “Covid19”.

    How crazy was that whole thing? They banned the sales of ammunition because of a virus they said, “Public Health – talk to the CHO, it’s exclusively her decision based on The Science (lol)” they said.

    Except the government were drafting the “orders” and just sending them over to her be signed.

    Which is as I said it always was, all governments have been using these “CHO’s” as their tame puppets from the very start. We’ve simply been living under naked dictatorships for two years.

    It was the Premier’s Department, through their policy office, that coordinated the detail of those directions. They were drafted by the Premier’s Department and simply presented to Dr. Young for her signature. Voluminous consultation, by phone and email, was coordinated across the Queensland Government. We do not have all the emails or records of meetings, but we have enough documents to paint the picture. On the single issue of restricting firearms dealers, Rebecca McGarrity, Executive Director of Social Policy in the Premier’s Department, sent and received dozens of items from more than five Queensland Agencies and Departments and from private industry on the weekend of 28-29 March 2020.

    On the single issue of restricting firearms dealers, Rebecca McGarrity, Executive Director of Social Policy in the Premier’s Department, sent and received dozens of items from more than five Queensland Agencies and Departments and from private industry on the weekend of 28-29 March 2020.

    March 2020 was a coup.


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  97. Albo’s not right in the head.

    He’s been in parliament for 26 years and in politics since he was a youth which would make 40 years.

    Nobody who does that is normal.


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  98. Let me get this straight, from tomorrow, its a requirement in WA to be ‘fully vaxxed’ to purchase alcohol from Aldi (any premises selling alcohol) but not if you’re purchasing milk and the like? Wow.

    Can you still buy yeast and copperline? Asking for a friend.

    ….honest constable, we’re just making hand sanitiser.


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  99. This group “Law Abiding Firearms Owners” has done yeoman’s work in FOI requests and putting pieces together. They have a strong evidence based case that the QLD Premier and her department lackeys were themselves drafting the text for public health orders for QLD’s CHO (Jeanette Young) to sign, regarding the ammo sales ban at the very beginning of “Covid19”.

    Wow.

    Can’t wait ’til the msm gets hold of this story.


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  100. “Albo’s girl staffer opening the door for him:

    She’s carrying a briefcase or something, whilst he is empty handed, just stands there & waits while she fumbles with the door.

    And yet Tony Abbott is the misogynist for looking at his watch.

    “It’d be so long since he’s been among normies that he wouldn’t realise how this comes across.”

    There’s never been anything normal about the grub Albosleazy. He’s never had a real job….he’s a parasite. He spent the 1980s turning up at Labor party meetings and conferences threatening to go after “Tories”. He was given a safe inner city seat (back when he first ran it was a safe Labor seat…no more). He was filmed in parliament, only six years ago, shouting “smash her” at a female Liberal. One of his buddies is the creepy anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn and I am pretty sure Albo doesn’t think that much differently to the Jew hating Corbyn.

    The bottom line is that Albosleazy is a thug and not fit to be PM and if we had a half decent PM and government Labor wouldn’t be in contention and Albo would already be toast.


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  101. According to Andrews, “following the advice of experts is mandatory”.

    Experts are really easy to identify.
    They’re the ones in the black uniforms with silver lightning bolts on their collars.
    Who don’t seem to know anything.


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  102. We are thinking of booking this for an 18 nite Adriatic and Agean cruise in August 2023. Only 275 pax and something a bit different in the cruising line. Looks pretty relaxing, but only worry is that August is British and EU school holidays; don’t want to be overrun by kids. This is a new build, and the ‘lux’ element in the furnishings is rather Mittel Europa via Russia (like the Ritz in Moscow), but I don’t mind the antique feel on a sailing ship. It’s all new build and I hope will still be reasonably so in 2023.

    You have to have a medical certificate of fitness if you are over 75 as no lifts or escalators.
    I should pass it. 🙂


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  103. Governments banned ammo sales all over the place in March 2020 because they knew what they were doing and what they were going to do and were doing.

    They expected a violent counter-revolution, because they had a political revolutionary mindset when they were deliberately and carefully storming, demolishing and seizing the institutions of our society at that moment. Violent politics was at the front of their minds, not some dumb zombie “virus” that never eventuated.


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  104. According to Andrews, “following the advice of experts is mandatory”.

    No need for a Premier on $10,000+ per week with a dept costing millions & millions.
    Victoria requires only a clerk, on $35,000 p.a. with a windowless office, a $500 printer/scanner & a small stationery allowance.

    Or perhaps a town crier, who begins every announcement with: “Hear ye, hear ye, experts have said…. [blah blah blah]”


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  105. Albo has reportedly been “reaching out” to “faith groups” to repair the damage done by Shorten in 2019.

    The proverb “If you’re going to sup with the devil take a long spoon” comes to mind.


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  106. Andrews is just playing Batman “I’m not the hero they want, I’m the hero they need”, they probably call him Batman in their gay secret National Cabinet weird meetings.

    The reality is his job is to tell all of Australia what you’re about to get. Has been since the beginning.

    Back when I was young and naive I used to think he used his belligerence and bully boy ability (and numbers) to bring the “National Cabinet” into submission “Andrews is the true leader of this country”, I’d say in 2020.

    But now I know it’s not so, the “National Cabinet” is a true council – as they seek to rename it and make it permanent. They all agree with everything, and then they leave the meetings and go out and play their parts to advance its single agenda.


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  107. I’m on your side, custard. Let’s accept that and move on. I want to learn from you. No, not about getting the best kitchen in a caravan. I want to learn what are those unprecedented events that would allow the Trumpster to walk back into the White House before the next election.

    Whatever happened to “fraud vitiates everything”?


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  108. Albo has reportedly been “reaching out” to “faith groups” to repair the damage done by Shorten in 2019.

    Oh good grief.
    Does he believe he’ll actually be believed?
    OTOH maybe he means a certain faith group, often found in places like Lakemba and Condell Park.


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  109. USSR reminded meabout one of the funniest things I’ve in a while.

    Example of a marriage that’s going to last much longer.

    ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR: “The minute they hand you that vaccine passport,

    Anti-vax loon, RFK is married to Cheryl Hines. Hines plays the TV wife of Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines has condemned her husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s comments about Anne Frank, who was murdered by Nazis as a teenager, which he made during a rally against vaccine mandates.
    Kennedy, a longtime opponent of vaccines, invoked Nazi Germany in his screed against vaccine mandates on Sunday, at the Lincoln Memorial, and suggested that Frank was better off than Americans whose jobs require them to get vaccinated. He later apologized for the reference.

    “My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,” Hines tweeted on Tuesday. “The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”

    When you publicly state that hubby is a reprehensible and insensitive fruitcake, the marriage is over.


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  110. An enterprising vaccinated soul could start up a side gig delivering booze.

    I’ve just picked up a case of champlonk from my local bottle shop, and I also got an account number and bsb number so they can deliver from now on and I can pay by bank transfer.

    The guy who runs the place showed me a sign that says ‘No jab? No mask? But plenty of money? No worries!’

    But his wife won’t let him put it up. Very wise, because some fascist arsehole would dob him in, for sure.

    Try telling either of us this country hasn’t turned to shit.


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  111. The guy who runs the place showed me a sign that says ‘No jab? No mask? But plenty of money? No worries!’
    But his wife won’t let him put it up. Very wise, because some fascist arsehole would dob him in, for sure.

    What could he possibly be dobbed in for?
    I’ve had similarly irreverent signage aplenty for the past couple of years, making a total & very effective mockery of the covid laws.

    The signage is quite popular among those who can read.
    (only if they’re smart enough to grasp the point – which is probably half of those who can read)


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  112. I don’t know who was mentioning the Tulip Bulb Mania ( I think it was Brucie) as an example of a boom – knowing him, most likely about EV cars.

    Why bring up the Tulip Bulb Mania when there’s what appears to be an irrational boom going on right now with Bitcoin and the like . BTC will eventually make it’s way to close to zero.


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  113. I’ve had similarly irreverent signage aplenty for the past couple of years, making a total & very effective mockery of the covid laws.

    The signage is quite popular among those who can read.

    We’re well and truly back to a decent bout of blowharding. The smartest guy in the room (in a room filled with beer bellies on legs). In the land of the blind, the one eyed……


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  114. Thanks for this … memories …

    Pogriasays:
    January 30, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Hey JC, I came across this old beauty from my clubbing days. I though you might like it, being a part time New Yorker.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJre-YHmLaI
    Plus, I just wanted an excuse to post it!

    … so in return, two more from when music videos were great art & cinema –

    Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love [Official]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kp3N3wQPO0

    Roxy Music – Avalon (Official Video)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpA_5a0miWk


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  115. Oh good grief. Does he believe he’ll actually be believed?

    We’ll see, Bruce.

    The groups include Sydney Anglicans, who’ve been developing a pronounced lean towards “social justice” lately.


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  116. According to Andrews, “following the advice of experts is mandatory”.

    Then we don’t need the politicians. Let the “experts” rule, sack TaliDan.


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  117. NYC always welcomes entrepreneurs.

    NY Nurses Arrested After Selling $1.5 Million In Fake Vaccine Cards (29 Jan)

    Law enforcement officers seized around $900,000 during a search of DeVuono’s home, and a ledger showing more than $1.5 million from the scheme, according to NBC4NY.

    The #Suffolk County DA arrested two people including the owner of an Amityville pediatric office for selling fake Covid-19 vaccine cards. $220 for adults, $85 for children. Ledgers show they may have made $1.5 million dollars from this illegal scheme

    At an average $150 split between adults and kids it comes to 10,000 customers. Just from two nurses. Wow, who knew NYC had so many people who don’t want to be injected with dangerous immune system destroying stuff?


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  118. Maybe…hopefully…the NT is starting to wake up…

    https://ntindependent.com.au/gunner-governments-daily-fear-conferences-and-war-on-unvaxxed-must-end-if-the-nt-hopes-to-recover-hospitality-nt

    At the end of the day, we can’t force a vaccine into someone’s arm and need to move beyond the current debate and do what has been said for over a year and that’s begin living with covid.
    “And can we officially call an end to the War on the Unvaxxed? It is dividing families, workplaces and communities and does no one any good.”

    Hospitality NT wrote to Mr Gunner last week calling for the following:

    – Support for businesses to continue to keep staff paid and on roster along with reintroduction of the hardship register to assist with fixed costs.
    – Removal of the different isolation rules between essential workers and all workers. All positions are essential to their business and to the employee who has bills to pay.
    – Removal of the Territory Check In system, especially in high vaccinated communities
    – Removal of the Vaccine Pass System from hospitality venues given high vaccination rate and fact all tourists entering the NT are vaxxed
    – Removal of the Employee Vaccination Mandate outside of aged care, disability and health sectors
    – Commitment to minimise work from home arrangements in the public sector
    – Launch of a campaign to rebuild consumer confidence shredded by daily fear conferences.



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  119. It’s dumb shit Brucie, don’t get excited about. If you’re selling illegal crap and doing so en masse the chances of being caught are about 150%. Yes 50% more than 100%!


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  120. A few times, JC. Very few people out in the middle of them. You have to go out every few hours to shovel the sidewalk and stoop then salt them. The day following a blizzard is always great. Fresh snow and clear sky.


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  121. What could he possibly be dobbed in for?
    I’ve had similarly irreverent signage aplenty for the past couple of years, making a total & very effective mockery of the covid laws.

    Don’t you complain of police harassment?


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  122. The day following a blizzard is always great. Fresh snow and clear sky.

    And the day after that, it’s absolutely disgusting. Black sludge, interspersed with yellowish holes in the snow where a dog has taken a piss… along with dog poo everywhere.


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  123. DrBeauGan says: January 30, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    What could he possibly be dobbed in for?
    I’ve had similarly irreverent signage aplenty for the past couple of years, making a total & very effective mockery of the covid laws.

    Don’t you complain of police harassment?

    Nope.
    Simply identify the low-hanging fruit of the more nonsensical unscientific parts of the covid laws, then mock/lampoon them, not complain about them.


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  124. Why bring up the Tulip Bulb Mania when there’s what appears to be an irrational boom going on right now with Bitcoin and the like .

    Crypto currencies seem rock solid compared to the NFT thing.


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  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    January 30, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    The landlord of my local says that. as of tomorrow, he’s liable for a HUNDRED THOUSAND dollar fine, if anyone who isn’t double vaccinated is sprung on the premises, and said person who isn’t doubly vaccinated is liable to a twenty thousand dollar fine…

    I don’t know how they intend to police this, particularly in the Kimberley and Pilbara districts where the majority of the population are unvaxxed indigenous folks. They won’t take kindly to being denied their Emu Export.


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  126. They won’t take kindly to being denied their Emu Export.

    Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be deadly for an habitual drinker without treatment.

    Deadlier than covid, even.


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  127. Frank

    With BTC’s volatility, it can’t ever be a currency as no one would be game to price anything solely based on BTC. Any pricing being done now is off the US Dollar anyway and if a price is denominated in BTC, any huge move is compensated with a price adjustment.

    If it can’t be used as a currency, then what is the purpose of BTC? It can operate as a store of wealth? Not really as there’s nothing intrinsically worthwhile about it.


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  128. Drillsie

    Tell the readership what is some of this pithy signage you have going? We like to know, but be very careful you don’t turn it into narcissistic pubbling as you very aware where that leads.


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  129. Someone upthread speculating about US companies being stiffed in Canada and Mexico after moving there under NAFTA.
    I worked in automotive years ago and had exposure to several plants in North America, across the U.S., Canada and, to a lesser extent, Mexico.
    Whenever a new plant was built in Canada or (usually) in a depressed part of the U.S., state and local authorities and unions used to fall all over themselves to get and keep the plant. Land was granted on peppercorn rentals, planning requirements waived or fast-tracked and collective bargaining agreements were struck miles into the future with highly predictable wage levels.
    Everyone loved it when Big Auto came to town.
    Trust me, anyone who tried to kill that Golden Goose wouldn’t be long for this world.


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  130. I don’t know how they intend to police this, particularly in the Kimberley and Pilbara districts where the majority of the population are unvaxxed indigenous folks. They won’t take kindly to being denied their Emu Export.

    Quite so.
    Qld at least made the vaxx mandate only for on-premise.
    Takeaway purchases are an essential service or somesuch & no vaxx required.

    (This leads to a myriad of complications in the health directives & internal rules, as unlike some states, in Qld only pubs are may sell takeaway liquor.)


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  131. I don’t know how they intend to police this, particularly in the Kimberley and Pilbara districts where the majority of the population are unvaxxed indigenous folks. They won’t take kindly to being denied their Emu Export.

    I’ll bet good money that no – one has though that one through.


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  132. I’ll bet good money that no – one has though that one through.

    I’d plonk for it to be more likely:
    Nobody in an air-conditioned office in Perth knows or cares about the difficulties of enforcement.
    It’s not their block that’ll be getting knocked off trying to enforce it, just coppers & bottlo staff.

    Who cares about them?

    If there’s any trouble, double down by increasing the fines on the front-liners so they do enforce it.

    Problem solved!


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  133. I’m not a big fan of bitcoin either but for buying drugs on the dark web and those sorts of things it has its uses. Buying a share in a jpeg image seems more in line with a current day tulip bulb craze / madness of crowds IMHO.


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  134. And the day after that, it’s absolutely disgusting. Black sludge,

    The black sludge stage is terrible. And if you get another cold spell and it freezes, even worse. Nothing like having a frozen layer underfoot when out and about.


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  135. Sanchez

    It’s not really a criticism of what some people think about what occurred in the US after NAFTA. This though doesn’t exempt general thought leadership/we make nafthink crowd.

    It’s true somewhat that the bottom quintile of the American labor forced suffered from a real wages not increasing compared to the other “5ths” – especially the college educated. However, some of this was disguised as fairly significant piece inflation in medical insurance. The more important impact was illegal labor causing a wages in the lower scales to be depressed. We also shouldn’t forget productivity gains displacing workers in the lower rungs.

    The most important of these factors constricting wage growth was the loose border control.


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  136. I see srr and sycophants took exception to me doing what indolent does all the time, post up a death and ascribe it as a vaxx death with zero verification that it was vaxx related. In this case though Trooper Lamay was in hospital with covid complications but let’s not jump to conclusions!
    I don’t revel in the premature death of anyone, that’s you projecting your world view onto me.
    I think it’s very sad.
    But good to confirm the hyperbias, thanks everyone!


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  137. (This leads to a myriad of complications in the health directives & internal rules, as unlike some states, in Qld only pubs are may sell takeaway liquor.)

    That’s technically correct, an Hotel Licence is required to operate a Bottleshop, however that Bottleshop might be adjacent to the Hotel, it might be in the Shopping Centre across the road or it might be 10 kilometres away.
    What’s the limit on how many Bottleshops a Pub can have, Sal?


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  138. If someone is on unemployment benefits and has not been vaccinated they are presumably not able to apply for a great many jobs. Wonder what the rules are regarding that one.


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  139. I am in Marseilles. Only three foot passengers plus a bunch of people with cars on this ferry. I went back to my cabin to put finishing touches to my packing and came out to find it was just me and a couple of staff left.
    Escalators from 8th from 3rd had been turned off but I found someone who told me I could use the lift. Marseilles docklands (which have obviously had a similar makeover to other docklands) are a barren desert at 8 am on a Sunday morning and I might have panicked without my internet working but had scoped out my general directions yesterday, and screen shotted them, plus I had the cathedral on the port as a handy landmark.
    Fortunately then you get closer to the centre Marseilles has excellent free WiFi.
    I have to kill time for another six hours with my suitcase and backpack in hand.
    I’ll cope.


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  140. If someone is on unemployment benefits and has not been vaccinated they are presumably not able to apply for a great many jobs. Wonder what the rules are regarding that one.

    That problem solved itself when the welfare recipients discovered they couldn’t get into the TAB or the pokies until they got vaxxed.


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  141. Chinese Supermarkets in Queensland sell Alcohol.
    The only proviso is that the Alcohol component of the purchase is no more than 75% of the total.
    Obviously you’re not going to spend a whole helluva lot there, but Old Town instant coffee bags [15 bags to a big bag for $7] are excellent and they make reasonable crisps too.


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  142. So I stocked up on booze today – got enough for a couple of weeks. I think the madness may have passed by then or it’ll be clear which places are more lenient about checking vaxx passports. And if not, well…I guess I’ll be saving some money. Great!

    It’s almost comical how openly punitive McFuckface is being about this.

    No one should be showing vax ID, vaxxed or unvaxxed.


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  143. March 2020 was a coup

    Absolutely. A virus demands restrictions on gun and ammo sales across multiple states and jurisdictions?

    To bad for the fucking arseholes that most gun shops had nothing left to sell by the time the restrictions came into effect.


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  144. I chatted briefly to a French lady at the restaurant in Ajaccio yesterday. She’d lived in the US for thirty years and returned to France four years ago, has a son and a grandchild in the US.
    She’d lived in Florida and North Carolina but didn’t have a hint of a southern accent.
    Tried very hard to pick my accent with no success.
    Asked me if I was scared of covid. Obviously ‘no’ was the answer.


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  145. Toulon. That was the one.

    Toulouse has the great snags.

    13.5 million cases? Great! Soon everyone will have had it and they can all move on. The governments…less so.


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  146. “I thought Marseilles was one of those “iffy” cities, or was it Toulouse?”

    Toulouse is only “iffy” if you’re a Jewish child walking into a school.


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  147. Toulon. That was the one.

    Significant pats of the city are no-go’s for cops and ambos. It’s like the worst parrts of North Africa. A navy city. BUT, plenty of great food to be had.


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  148. “My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,” Hines tweeted on Tuesday. “The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”

    Scratch any of Joe Kennedy’s clan and under the surface you will find a thick layer of anti-Semitism.


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  149. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be deadly for an habitual drinker without treatment. Deadlier than covid, even.

    Thanks for the warning. I’m hot-footing it to Thirsty Camel in the interests of robust good health.


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  150. Michael Avenatti quizzes Stormy Daniels on her line of lube, her ability to talk to the dead, and her tweets about him being ‘a**-raped in prison’, as he continues bizarre cross-examination of his former client

    Quality j’ism in exelsis. What sort of an imbecile would be remotely interested in this z-grade slow motion train wreck drooling cretinism?

    Stop the bus, etc …


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  151. Famine leaves Afghanistan ‘hanging by a thread’

    By Christina Lamb
    The Sunday Times
    48 minutes ago January 30, 2022
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    At the age of eight, Fatima’s future is decided. Her eyes limpid and far away, her clothes tattered emerald green, she would, she says, “like to go to school and study”. Instead, she has been sold in marriage to a man she has not met, to buy bread and time for her starving family.

    In their mud-walled dwelling in western Kabul, Fatima sits on the floor around an unlit stove with her parents, siblings, widowed aunt and grandparents, all shivering, hungry and coughing. Family members proffer dirty plastic bags to me, each bearing stories of despair.

    Her aunt holds a chest x-ray and a diagnosis for tuberculosis, which they have no money to treat, and a photograph of her bloody-faced eldest son killed by a suicide bomb last year. The grandfather tips out a few twigs, scraps of papers and rubbish collected from the street — their only fuel. The last bag is that of Fatima’s father, Lala Jan, from which he pulls out a charred shirt.

    This is what he was wearing the night in 2010 when their house in Sangin was bombed during fighting between Taliban and British forces, leaving him so severely burnt that he spent eight months in hospital and displaced the whole family to the Afghan capital.

    For a long while, he thought that was the worst day of his life.

    But a few months ago, his family were so hungry that he sold Fatima for 150,000 Pakistani rupees ($1209) to buy food. Then last Wednesday things became so desperate, he tried to sell his three-month-old daughter Naghma, still wrapped in swaddling.

    Now he looks round the shack where he lives with his wife, four children, parents, widowed aunt and other family members, and despairs. “I am having to choose between selling my daughters or all starving,” he said.

    Eight pieces of bread a day to feed 30 people is the only aid the family receive. “It’s 20 days since we cooked even a potato,” his wife said.

    That day they will eat leftover rice from the night before given by a neighbour: nothing else. The stove is off despite temperatures that fall to -16C at night. None of the children goes to school. “How can they?” Lala Jan asks, pointing at their ragged clothes and bare feet. The only toy is a plastic comb one of the boys is playing with.

    Lala Jan used to get work as a labourer, bringing in 300 Afghanis ($4.11) a day but he has had none since the Taliban took over in August and foreigners pulled out, prompting the collapse of the economy, which was largely dependent on foreign aid. The currency has lost almost half its value and prices have rocketed.

    Occasionally his father earns 100 Afghanis cobbling or one of the women a few notes from begging.

    Not only does Lala Jan have no income but he still owes 200,000 Afghanis for treatment to his burns. That morning the lenders had come to collect and he had offered them baby Naghma.

    “I told them take my daughter, I have nothing else,” he said.

    They said they would think about it.

    Fatima looks on silently. She will be collected when she reaches puberty. After that her fate will be in the hands of the family that bought her.

    This is the reality of life in a country where according to the UN, 23 million people, more than half the population, face starvation and a million children may die. Already 97 per cent do not have enough to eat. “Afghanistan is hanging by a thread,” warned the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, last week.

    Not only is the country suffering the worst drought in 30 years, but also a bitterly cold winter, an overnight end to foreign aid and all the work it brought, and the freezing of $US9bn ($12.8bn) of government assets, meaning it cannot pay salaries. All this in a war-torn land that was already one of the poorest on earth and where millions have been widowed or disabled. Now it is feared more may die from hunger than the war.



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  152. Obviously you’re not going to spend a whole helluva lot there, but Old Town instant coffee bags [15 bags to a big bag for $7] are excellent and they make reasonable crisps too

    I’ve never eaten instant coffee bags as crisps before, Grigory.

    Are they any good if sprinkled with ground gypsum?

    #AlwaysProofreadBeforePosting


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  153. Lizzie, take that cruise, don’t dare miss it. I’ve jaunted around Portugal/North African ports in a sister vessel — computer assisted fore-and-aft rig, rather than square-rigged one you’re contemplating — and it was by far the best two-week vacation ever.

    Great food, no disco noise all night, small and civilised casino, well stocked library … and small enough to slip into weeny harbours.

    Funny aside: Very few passengers on the ship, no more than 200 at a guess. Ex and I found ourselves sharing a table with a very, very toffy Pommy couple. They seemed very reserved, almost as if they didn’t like Australians.

    Eventually it came out: They’d done a house-swap deal with an Australian couple, who got to stay in their baronnial estate.

    And they got …. a brick-veneer in wonderful multi-cultural Melton.

    That had me laughing my head off, which probably didn’t encourage any revival of tender feelings for Australians.


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  154. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be deadly for an habitual drinker without treatment

    Oh, bollocks. I’d be long dead (as well as most of my contemporaries) if that was the case.


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  155. Pay and volunteers: How Vladimir Putin revitalised the army

    By Michael Evans
    The Times
    2 hours ago January 30, 2022
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    Tank for tank, missile for missile, Russia is so far ahead of Ukraine that on paper an invasion might end up being a mad dash to Kiev similar to the lightning advance by US forces across Iraq in 2003.

    The Russian army today is better organised and equipped than it has been for decades, with a motivated and disciplined officer class.

    Despite recent improvements in Ukraine’s forces – including NATO training and combat experience from the eight-year separatist war in the Donbas region – its army is still no match in the field.

    However, just as the US was unable to defeat the insurgency in Iraq, Russia’s ability to quell a broad, post-invasion resistance in Ukraine is an altogether different proposition.

    Andrew Krepinevich, a former senior Pentagon official with 20 years’ experience in the US Army, said Russia’s capabilities had soared since the “embarrassing” 1990s operations in Chechnya, which failed to suppress an insurgency. After the Cold War, the superpower’s debasement was best summed up by images of rusty submarines abandoned in polluted bays along the Kola Peninsula.

    When Vladimir Putin came to power as President on May 7, 2000, his first ambition was to revive the military. He made it clear that he wanted Russia once again to be a force to be reckoned with.

    He converted the army from an organisation that was reliant on underpaid, badly equipped and often bullied conscripts into a largely professional volunteer force of 400,000 soldiers on much-improved wages. Absenteeism, the bane of the old conscript army, was eliminated.

    The average Russian army lieutenant now gets the equivalent of $US1000 a month, which is considered a good wage in civilian life.

    Pentagon chiefs and US combat commanders who have seen the way the Russian military has made its presence felt in different parts of the world, especially in Syria supporting dictator Bashar al-Assad, openly acknowledge the improvement.

    “The compliment that we have to pay to Russia is that they are a learning and adaptive force,” General Philip Breedlove, a former NATO supreme allied commander in Europe, told The New York Times.

    “Every time we see them in conflict, they get a little better.”

    In 2017, a Russian frigate in the Caspian Sea fired three Kalibr cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in eastern Syria 1300km away.

    American commanders were taken by surprise. They did not even know that the Russian navy had such weapons operating in the region.

    The Times



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  156. rosie says:
    January 30, 2022 at 6:51 pm
    I see srr and sycophants took exception to me doing what indolent does all the time

    That’s always the way with you Tokyo Rosie – anyone who disagrees with you is a troll or a sycophant or in my case, you accused me of being Memory Vault and stated I had some sort of “thing” going for calli.

    There’s a lot of good people on here, and plenty who have the odd outburst. I think most act in good faith.

    But you are just plain nasty & vindictive. There is no cure for that.


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  157. Sudden withdrawal from alcohol can be deadly for an habitual drinker without treatment

    I stopped imbibing alcohol the day I was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the Liver & told I’d be dead within 3 months if I didn’t .. I’d spent the previous 10 years on “skid row” living rough and drinking whatever including meths .. I was neither offered or sort any form of “treatment” other than medical for the Cirrhosis .. the ongoing withdrawal symptoms (3 years) weren’t pleasant but none came close to being deadly..


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  158. The black sludge stage is terrible.

    Ok, who picked black brain-eating fungus for 2022?

    Doctors find black mould growing on man’s brain: ‘Can’t believe you’re alive’ (28 Jan)

    The patient, from Rhode Island, USA, described the story of how he was diagnosed with having cladophialophora bantiana, which is an extremely rare tropical fungus. If this fungus penetrates a person’s brain, it can cause a number of severe neurological problems and is usually fatal. … Mr Bottenus believes that he contracted the fungus while biking through a particularly dusty part of Costa Rica in 2018.

    That’s Costa Rica off the bucket list.


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  159. Rosie,
    If you weren’t gloating about a death why did you mention it at all?
    Certainly came across as gloating.
    I was surprised. I expect you are better than that.


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  160. Lizzie, take that cruise, don’t dare miss it.

    OK, I will do my best to pass the plus seventy-five test! Roar up and down a few spiral staircases, which I am used to, for we had one in our beach house a few years ago. Given that a very trendy young French couple on the Hurtigruten cruise to the Arctic circle from Norway asked to be seated next to us because the couple they were seated with were ‘too old’, I think maybe I will still make it. We ended up great pals and they even invited us to their pad in Paris – for a stay sometime. We sort of collect these invitations, never really taking them up though. As with Natalyia (Natasha), single-travelling wife of a Russian oil oligrarch we met on Grigs fave, the enormous Ovation of the Seas, who still sends me Christmas pics of their out of Moscow ‘dacha’, and says we’re welcome to stay in their holiday apartment in Montenegro. That’s the travelling life for you. 🙂

    As for Rosie’s intrepid adventures, onya girl. You are doing so well and impressing us all as well as doing something great for yourself.


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  161. OCO

    It’s almost comical how openly punitive McFuckface is being about this.

    He thinks he is still in the Navy, and can follow the line that “The floggings will continue until morale improves”? Is is possible for an electorate to mutiny?


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  162. ps Rosie. Please stay safe.
    Marseilles has never been a good place for a single woman at night.
    Don’t forget too it is the home of the ‘pull the girl by the hair and beat her up’ striped t-shirt dance.
    They practice it on the streets beforehand.


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  163. Why bring up the Tulip Bulb Mania when there’s what appears to be an irrational boom going on right now with Bitcoin and the like . BTC will eventually make it’s way to close to zero.

    Come on, man! A 14 year long “”irrational” boom”?


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  164. Famine leaves Afghanistan ‘hanging by a thread’

    By Christina Lamb
    The Sunday Times
    48 minutes ago January 30, 2022
    No Comments

    At the age of eight, Fatima’s future is decided. Her eyes limpid and far away, her clothes tattered emerald green, she would, she says, “like to go to school and study”. Instead, she has been sold in marriage to a man she has not met, to buy bread and time for her starving family.

    I wonder how much Christina Lamb gave the family from her generous salary and allowances to help them?


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  165. Just because it hasn’t happened before (14 years) doesn’t mean it can’t happen, Dot.

    In any event I don’t believe in bubbles and bullshit like that. At some stage, people may end up realizing BTC isn’t worth what they thought.


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  166. What’s the point of a bucket list if you become totally risk averse?

    He’s a numbers man. 40 people get it a year in those sub-tropical regions which therefore means he’s odds on to get it if he visits.


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  167. I wonder how much Christina Lamb gave the family from her generous salary and allowances to help them?

    Wasn’t there an A.B.C. camera crew in Ethiopia, filming starving children, and who got quite hot under the collar, when it was suggested they could have loaded the children into their vehicle and taken them to the nearest U.N. aid post?


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  168. What’s the point of a bucket list if you become totally risk averse?

    Do you have fungus-brain syndrome too Dot?
    Seems very infectious lately.
    Turns brains into black sludge, I hear.


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