Open Thread – Saturday, 15 January 2022

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  1. Steve trickler says:


    If you look at a detailed map of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia you will see some strange shapes appearing in the very south of the country. These are the Soviet formed exclaves belonging to both Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They were formed in the 1950s to answer the question of what to do with small regions which were ethnically diverse from the Kyrgyz Republic the people had found themselves living in due to Stalin’s map making.

    These exclaves had always intrigued me and I wondered what life was like in them. However there is zero information online about visiting them. However I am always up for a wasted journey so I hired a car in northern Kyrgyzstan and drove 1000kms to one of these exclaves to see if foreigners were allowed to enter or not.

    Join me on a wild adventure towards the mysterious mountain exclave of Shohimardo

    Avoid this Soviet Exclave!

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  2. mh says:

    Court will adjourn until 1:30pm Melbourne time

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  3. JohnJJJ says:

    BREAKING NEWS: 100% of Australian want Novak to stay in Oz.
    According to the latest survey in Australia, a surprising 100% agree that he should stay in Australia and play tennis.

    ( Note: Survey of me and a couple of mates)

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  4. mh says:

    Dickhead Dan

    “Secondly, this tournament, this grand slam tournament – one of the big four – is much bigger than any one person. Much bigger. That’s why it’s a grand slam. That’s why it’s the biggest thing in tennis in the first quarter of every year. And it’s why it’s one of our most significant major events.

    When you read the comments on tennis blogs and livestreams, many people are just sick of Australia. If China werent currently being such arseholes they would be challenging to host the first Major of the year.

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  5. mh says:

    Government elaborates on why it didn’t seek Djokovic’s current vaccination views
    By Simone Fox Koob
    Australian government counsel Stephen Lloyd, SC, is addressing the fact that Novak Djokovic’s views on vaccination were not sought this week by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke during considerations about whether to cancel the Serbian tennis star’s visa.

    Mr Lloyd said that “the mere fact it might have been reasonable to make an inquiry does not make the person bound to make it”.

    He then questioned whether the information would have even been useful if it had been sought.

    “Whatever the applicant might have said in a letter in response to such an inquiry about his current vaccination views would not have altered the facts of his previous stated views and impression held by the Australian community,” Mr Lloyd said.

    “A large part of the issue is not just what his views are but how his views are perceived … to that extent there is no reason to think there was any duty to inquire.”

    He also says Djokovic has chosen not to give any evidence during this trial.

    “There’s no evidence before the court that the applicant could or would have put forward any useful material to the Minister had his views been sought. He has chosen not to put any evidence in this trial.”

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  6. kaysee kaysee says:

    Australia is truly the Lucky Country.

    With all the problems plaguing the world, 3 Federal judges are spending their Sunday with a case where a person who is definitely Not a threat to Australia is, according to the govt, a threat to Australia.

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  7. mh says:

    Federal government finishes its oral submissions
    By Simone Fox Koob
    The lawyer acting for the Immigration Minister, Stephen Lloyd, SC, has now finished his oral submissions.

    He stressed that the government does not have to prove that Djokovic will foster anti-vaccination sentiment, but that he may foster it.

    The applicant’s views or widely understood views about vaccination have come to the fore, they are right in people’s mind in the moment, the Minister has to make a decision about risk … and how he has now become an icon for the anti-vaccination groups and then what role that will have if somebody of his significance being present in Australia at a time when that is the issue.
    The Minister clearly sees there is a risk that in the same way as Mr Djokovic advertises or associates with an array of products, and no doubt because of his popularity and status that does well for those people who engage him for his endorsements.
    Rightly or wrongly, he is perceived to endorse an anti-vaccination view and that his presence is perceived to contribute that and foster further sentiment.

    We say that the known facts, the facts of Mr Djokovic’s views or perceived views, knowledge of his perceived views, and historical views … in combination with his status and presence could be seen to contribute significantly to those issues, and that’s all that’s required to make the inference the Minister made.

    Mr Lloyd said that “people of Mr Djokovic’s status are able to influence people who look up to him”.

    Nicholas Wood, SC, appearing on behalf of Djokovic, is now replying.


    The Morrison government has previously described the Australian people as “sheep”.

    This case is confirming that is how they view us.

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  8. kaysee kaysee says:

    They can be back at 3 pm.

    How long do they need to decide the obvious?

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  9. JohnJJJ says:

    “A large part of the issue is not just what his views are but how his views are perceived … to that extent there is no reason to think there was any duty to inquire.”
    Stalin would be so proud. That should open plenty of doors. I’ll have to check, not on the truth, but how my views are perceived. Let us re-try Newton, Einstein, Flemming…. on how their views were perceived at the time.
    This has been a fabulous session. The legal vortex, wiggle and jiggle, double and triple negatives.
    Lesson: Remember to TICK THE RIGHT BOX.
    It is Brazil without the cockroach

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  10. Shy Ted says:

    Morning folks, videos from Anthony Weiner’ laptop making their way out of Wikileaks. You really, really, really don’t want them to be true but on the other hand you do. Naughty Hillary. Naughty Huma.

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  11. kaysee kaysee says:

    But in that case you have to ask why the Liberal Party is asking us to vote for the Victorian MP Russell Broadbent who, is just as unvaccinated as Novak Djokovic.

    Australians are stupid.
    They won’t be able to work out that an Oz LNP MP can transmit a virus the same as a Serb athlete.

    Drawing another long bow, Hawke also argues that by his presence Djokovic might lead to an increase in civil unrest in the form of rallies and protests which could themselves be a source of community transmission.

    As above. Australians are stupid.
    When there is any increase in cases, just say it could have been worse if Djokovic had been allowed to stay. Sheep won’t understand that the number of cases has no relevance to Djokovic in the country or out of it.

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  12. Shy Ted says:

    There’s nothing worse than a few days without one’ pretentious, insufferable friends.
    Double and boosted and infected. Down the bottom she’s searching for a replacement for Geoffrey. Run away lads

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  13. mh says:

    Can I have a FMD

    The Federal Court has now adjourned
    By Simone Fox Koob
    The court has now adjourned to allow Chief Justice James Allsop, Justice Anthony Besanko and Justice David O’Callaghan to make a decision.

    Chief Justice Allsop said the three would spend the afternoon and maybe the early evening dealing with the arguments that have been put before the court, “not with a view to delivering all reasons today, but with a view if possible to reach a view as to the outcome of the matter”.

    “We would hope to be in a position to identify to the parties later in the afternoon what the course is that we propose,” he said.

    He said that the court may come back this afternoon or tomorrow morning and, if so, it will be announced on the court website and relisted.

    Djokovic’s lawyer, Nick Wood, SC, requested that if the court ruled in Djokovic’s favour, an order be made requiring the tennis star’s immediate release within 30 minutes of the decision being handed down.

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  14. kaysee kaysee says:

    You got that batch number on the vial, Doc?


    From Dr Robert Malone:

    “How Bad is my Batch”

    The story of my vaccine injury

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  15. mh says:

    Re-reading that, it looks like Allsop is committed to getting the outcome today.

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  16. Shy Ted says:

    Global warming record
    If you’re ever out in NW Qld you need to stop for a coldie at the historic Cloncurry pub. Walls lined with old newspapers saying not so fast Onslow.

    Cloncurry was widely regarded as holding the record for the highest temperature recorded in Australia at 53.1 °C (127.5 °F) on 16 January 1889. Recent investigations have revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47–49 °C under standard conditions

    But of course. Birds falling out of the sky stone dead. Animals in their paddocks likewise. Locals reckon they get 50+ every year but it’s just another day so they don’t jump up and down about it.

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  17. kaysee kaysee says:

    Re-reading that, it looks like Allsop is committed to getting the outcome today.

    He was the one asking most of the questions. Seemed fairly even-handed.

    They need to decide quickly.
    I can help.
    3-0 in favour of Djokovic.

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  18. Shy Ted says:

    From a different Cat –

    1,256 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 15 Jan 2022

    2 of them aren’t about you know what.

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  19. kaysee kaysee says:

    Virginia’s New AG Fires Civil Rights Division, Will Start Prosecuting Cases Dropped By ‘Social Justice’ DAs

    Within hours of taking office, Virginia’s newly sworn-in Attorney General Jason Miyares (R) cleaned house – firing dozens of lawyers, including those in the Civil Rights division – and announcing investigations into the Virginia Parole Board and Loudon County Public Schools.

    In a Saturday statement just houtrs after Miyares and GOP Gov. Glenn Younkin were sworn in, he explained why he launched the investigations into the parole board and the school district.

    “One of the reasons Virginians get so fed up with government is the lack of transparency – and that’s a big issue here,” he wrote. “The Virginia Parole Board broke the law when they let out murders, rapists, and cop killers early on their sentences without notifying the victims. Loudoun Country Public Schools covered up a sexual assault on school grounds for political gain, leading to an additional assault of a young girl.”

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  20. calli says:

    I hope one of them was mine, Ted!

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  21. kaysee kaysee says:

    Heads of State: Disapproval Ratings




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  22. kaysee kaysee says:

    Ruth Slenczynska – My Life In Music (album trailer)

    On Saturday January 15 2022, American pianist Ruth Slenczynska will celebrate her 97th birthday.

    At this landmark age, Slenczynska has achieved an astonishing nine-decade long career, having begun performing as a child prodigy in the 1920s.

    To mark the occasion, Slenczynska has announced her resigning with the record label, Decca Classics for her first album with the company since the 1960s; Slenczynska’s new solo piano album, My Life in Music is due to be released later this year.

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  23. cohenite says:

    Came across this side effect of that complete bastard biden’s open border policy:

    Among girls in the U.S. who are sex trafficked before the age of 18, how many times will the average victim be raped over her lifetime?

    You get 3 choices.

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  24. Steve trickler says:


    Asked the local staff at a particular establishment if a jab pass is needed in the drive thru. Yes he states.

    Will you use your discretion I ask? ( Big smile and walked away without utterance )


    Just need to work at my local….place were you buy food. Owners need to protect their holdings, I malice. Escape routes are organized.

    This will be fun.

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  25. Steve trickler says:

    Any business hosting that Premier Clown and family needs to be! [ self censorship]

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  26. mh says:

    Craig Kelly MP
    What’s happened to Australia ?

    What’s happened to free thought ?

    Spending hours arguing about Djokovic’s “views” on vaccination when that makes NO difference to an Aussie’s medical decision they’ve ALREADY made.

    Aussies have ALREADY been coerced or have decided for THEMSELVES.

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  27. Ragu says:

    Its not exactly an offence in this country to walk around with a placard saying, down with vaccines.

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  28. kaysee kaysee says:

    I have started building up the Elections section of the CatWiki.

    If any of you would like to help, you can add information in the wiki, or if you have something to add but don’t want to do it there, you can put a CatWiki tag in the Open Thread and share it as a comment here.

    I will pick it up and add it to the wiki.

    Also, there are other ways to contribute to the wiki. If you notice errors or comments that need to be updated, flag it here.


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  29. mh says:

    Djokovic loses, now to be deported.

    What a country.

    I won’t be watching a single game.

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  30. Delta A says:

    Djokovic deported for wrongthink.

    God help Australia.

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  31. Delta A says:

    mh, thanks for your commentary.

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  32. mh says:

    The Morrison government:

    “A large part of the issue is not just what his views are but how his views are perceived … to that extent there is no reason to think there was any duty to inquire.”

    And the ConservaCorp monkeys like Chris Smith, Hadley, Bolt, Murray, will now be sent out to cheer this fvcking shitshow on.

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  33. caveman says:

    “A large part of the issue is not just what his views are but how his views are perceived … to that extent there is no reason to think there was any duty to inquire.”

    Yes, lets rejoice because we going to China for the cold Olympics. Back to the source.

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  34. egg_ says:

    Scummo’s darkest hour.


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  35. kaysee kaysee says:

    The headlines display the impartiality of the media.

    Novak Djokovic booted from Australia by court

    And the justice system, summed up:
    It is no part or function of the court to decide upon the merit or wisdom of the decision

    Speaking on behalf of the full court less than 24 hours before the Australian Open gets underway, Chief Justice James Allsop handed down orders that will see Djokovic on a flight back home.

    “This is not an appeal against the decision of the executive government,” Allsop told the court. “It is an application to the court as a separate arm of government being the Commonwealth judicial branch to review a decision by a member of executive, the minister, for the lawfulness or legality of the decision on the three grounds put forward.

    “These grounds focus on whether decision was for different reasons irrational or legally unreasonable. It is no part or function of the court to decide upon the merit or wisdom of the decision.

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  36. kaysee kaysee says:

    Scummo’s darkest hour.

    They came for Conservative, Christian Folau, and conservative, christian Scotty played dumb.

    They also came for Conservative, Christian Pell, and conservative, christian Scotty played mute.

    They came again for Conservative, Christian Djokovic, and conservative, christian Scotty played politics.

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  37. mh says:

    Craig Kelly MP
    Geniuses &🤡🤡alike may celebrate BUT so-called human rights advocates & believers in Australia as a “free country” should be horrified.

    Basically ANYONE coming to Australia can be removed JUST because their views are not liked & “may” lead to “anyone” here having the same “view”.

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  38. kaysee kaysee says:

    After losing his last-ditch bid to overturn his visa cancellation, Djokovic released a statement to the media.

    “I’d like to make a brief statement to address the outcomes of today’s Court hearing. I will now be taking some time to rest and to recuperate, before making any further comments beyond this,” he said.

    “I am extremely disappointed with the ruling to dismiss my application for judicial review of the decision to cancel my visa, which means I cannot stay in Australia and participate in the Australian Open.

    “I respect the Court’s ruling and I’ll co-operate with the relevant authorities in relation to my departure from the country.

    “I am uncomfortable that the focus of the past weeks has been on me and I hope that we can all now focus on the game and tournament I love. I would like to wish the players, tournament officials, staff, volunteers and fans all the best for the tournament.

    “Finally I would like to thank my family, friends, team, supporters, fans and my fellow Serbians for your continued support. You have all been a great source of strength to me.”

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  39. mh says:

    QLD Coronavirus News
    Big question mark hangs over Wellcamp quarantine hub

    With the controversial Wellcamp quarantine facility set to open in weeks, the Palaszczuk government is still trying to work out exactly who will use the hub.

    People who’s views could be perceived as not aligned with the government.

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  40. kaysee kaysee says:

    Vasek Pospisil
    Canadian Professional Tennis Player

    Novak would never have gone to Australia if he had not been given an exemption to enter the country by the government (which he did receive; hence Judge Kelly’s initial ruling). He would have skipped the Australian Open and been home with his family and no one would be

    .. talking about this mess. There was a political agenda at play here with the elections coming up which couldn’t be more obvious. This is not his fault. He did not force his way into the country and did not “make his own rules”; he was ready to stay home.

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  41. kaysee kaysee says:

    From the WeStandWithNovak thread

    Novak I hope you decide never to set foot in Australia ever again. Even if they beg you to come back. They DONOT deserve a legend like you.

    Novak Djokovic is proof that the last two years is not about your health, it’s about government control.

    His stance will ensure the narrative crumbles even quicker.

    I stand up for anyone that stands up for themselves, all the current sitting Gov’ts in Australia are lost causes

    As a reminder, Minister Hawke noted that there was no issue with Novak’s documentation & his medical exemption was valid.

    So all the attacking at the start of this was based on a huge lie.

    They had to use power reserved for terrorists to deport him based on a ‘feeling’.


    I want to thank @ScottMorrisonMP
    for protecting my vulnerable mind from the wrong-think of anti-vaxxer Novak Djokovic
    Had he played this week, I fear I might have been infected by unapproved views
    With Novak gone, I can watch tennis without the temptation to commit thought crime


    Djokovic lost because the law was designed to make the Minister’s decisions immune from judicial review. That is not a good thing.

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  42. kaysee kaysee says:


    Break time


    Audrey Hepburn

    Moon River

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  43. mh says:

    Morrison has made his election pitch tonight about keeping borders strong, etc.

    What a turd.

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  44. Perplexed of Brisbane says:

    Scummo’s darkest hour.

    They came for Conservative, Christian Folau, and conservative, christian Scotty played dumb.

    They also came for Conservative, Christian Pell, and conservative, christian Scotty played mute.

    They came again for Conservative, Christian Djokovic, and conservative, christian Scotty played politics.


    Scummo is about as ‘Christian’ as Rudd. He’ll probably still get the ‘Hillsong’ vote though because he is one of them.

    I’d love to know how much our pollies have been paid or threatened to perpetuate this mess on our nation.

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  45. egg_ says:

    Djoker aced by Big Pharma’s racket,
    Meanwhile, Scummo searches for his balls…

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  46. kaysee kaysee says:

    Morrison has made his election pitch tonight about keeping borders strong, etc.

    Is there any one in the media who will ask the question:

    Knowing all the facts about Djokovic, why was he granted a visa?

    The borders could have been kept stronger if Novak had not been let in.

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  47. egg_ says:

    Morrison has made his election pitch tonight about keeping borders strong, etc.

    Hopefully, baseball bats await the turd who gave us the lockdowns/vax that we DIDN’T have to have*

    *Keating’s recession we “had to have”, thanks to him overheating the economy

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  48. kaysee kaysee says:

    Scummo is about as ‘Christian’ as Rudd.

    And about as “Conservative”.

    That is why he is a lower-cased conservative and christian.

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  49. egg_ says:

    Morrison has made his election pitch tonight about keeping borders strong

    Stairmaster Dan lives in your head rent-free, Scummo.

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  50. kaysee kaysee says:

    Avi Yemini

    Novak Djokovic is being deported because the government were worried he would promote dissent against them.

    If you’re celebrating that, you should move to China.

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  51. mh says:

    ‘The reliance on how someone might be perceived sets an impossible standard for that person to meet.’

    Michael Stanton, president of Liberty Victoria

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  52. Steve trickler says:

    “Wakey wakey, hands off snakey!!!”


    The Beauty Of Razorback

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  53. mh says:

    Craig Kelly MP
    As a Member of the Australian Parliament I apologise to you
    @DjokerNole for how badly you’ve been treated by the Australian Govt.

    We know you just wanted to play tennis, but the Aust Govt wrongly allowed politics to interfere in sport.

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  54. Steve trickler says:

    This blokes editing skills are to be commended.

    Supertramp – Give A Little Bit (Remastered 2010)

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  55. mh says:

    Djokovic at airport ahead of flight out

    Novak Djokovic was on his way out of Australia on Sunday night following his unsuccessful attempt to fight against having his visa cancelled by the Australian government.

    Djokovic was photographed upon arrival at the airport on Sunday evening following his unsuccessful attempt to convince the Federal Court to stop his deportation and allow him to stay in the country and compete for the Australian Open men’s title.

    Djokovic was reportedly booked to fly out at 10.30pm AEDT for Dubai.

    The Serbian tennis superstar was also pictured with what appeared to be Australian Federal Police officers observing him as he waited for his flight in a lounge.

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  56. candy says:

    I’ve mentioned before I have the impression of Novak Djokovic as a chap who loves his tennis, dedicated to fitness and physical and mental wellbeing in a way that is above what most of us can undertake. He did not come to Australia to cause dissent, but to win the Australian Open.

    Why PM MOrrison went down this track is odd. It feels as if a piece of a jigsaw is missing? I don’t think the pale unhealthy looking Hawke chap is driving this, but Scott Morrison and his group of advisors (perhaps the evangelical types?) telling him what to do. Where do these decisions come from, not the LNP.

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  57. mh says:


    This is Morrison the day before Djokovic arrived. No concern whatsoever:

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  58. Steve trickler says:

    Looking forward to Djokovic sticking the proverbial steel cap boot into this country.

    Unleash yourself dude, when you land back home.

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  59. Steve trickler says:

    Looking forward to the gigolos and whores in MSM commentary in the days ahead.

    Line yourself up, wankers.

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  60. mh says:

    Joel Fitzgibbon
    Jan 15
    Watch immigration minister Alex Hawke praising ⁦
    @DjokerNole last year describing him as a great Ambassador here in Australia #djokovic

    Note: Hawke says “good”, but you get the point. It’s 2021 and Alex Hawke is praising Djokovic for his ambassador qualities.

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  61. cohenite says:

    Meanwhile as some fucking tennis player gets the boot; I wonder if the 2 are related:

    “[E]nclaves, mini-states and neighborhoods in large European cities will begin to appear. Yes, they will always be a minority. But they are more united and threaten violence. And the state will have to obey their instructions”. — Sergei Markov, Russian political scientist, interview in, January 3, 2022.

    Many of the migrants already live on the generosity of European welfare, even as the police, social workers and ambulances do not enter these areas or must be protected when they do.

    In these lost areas, we are no longer in Europe.

    On December 8, 2021, during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 30 of the Catholic faithful were attacked in the street and threatened with death. The attackers shouted, “kuffars” (“infidels”) and “it is not your home”, Le Figaro reported. “Wallah [I swear] on the Koran, we will cut your throat”, attackers told the priest who opened the procession. This took place not in Pakistan, but in Nanterre, France.

    In Brussels, according to former Secretary of State Bianca Debaets, “there are too many areas where it is difficult for women and homosexuals to walk”.

    Although women of foreign nationality are only one-sixth of all women of childbearing age in Belgium, half of all children in Belgium are now born to foreign women…. This is the picture that just emerged from the National Institute of Statistics.

    One-third of Belgium’s population is of foreign origin; Belgians are already in the minority in Brussels….

    But as everyone knows, the “Great Replacement” is just a far-right fantasy….

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  62. Steve trickler says:


    Hazzard has totally lost the plot

    Alongside family members who would dob in Anne Frank via the crime stoppers number.

    I think mother just had a light bulb moment when I mentioned that. Massive argument is over.

    OMA, lived a few blocks over from her, back in the day. And they met.

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  63. mh says:


    He could have done better

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  64. Steve trickler says:

    I am nibbling Nobby’s nuts.

    No peanut reaction here.

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  65. mh says:

    Vaccines working well

    Aged care in crisis as Omicron rips through facilities

    Queensland’s aged care facilities are being pushed to breaking point as more than 100 active outbreaks cause major staff shortages and force residents to bunker down in their rooms.

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  66. mh says:

    Comment on CovidWorld

    41 minutes ago
    The Australians like their pharma mandates, lockdowns and authoritarianism. Most of them want more of it. They are just screwed. I feel sorry for any sane people left there.


    Thanks. It’s not easy.

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  67. mh says:

    Former Malaysian football player Serbegeth Singh, more popularly known as Shebby Singh, died suddenly from a heart attack while out cycling on Wednesday, January 12th.

    Shebby, who has worked in recent years as a football pundit, received his COVID-19 booster shot just five days earlier on January 7th.

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  68. Mark A says:

    That link didn’t work.
    Lame pics.

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  69. mh says:

    Northern Lass
    Unbelievably, one of the Australian government lawyer’s main arguments is that Djokovic may become “an icon of free choice”. Exact words used. Oh my.
    10:48 AM · Jan 16, 2022

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  70. Ragu says:

    This is Morrison the day before Djokovic arrived. No concern whatsoever:

    He gets very animated when he is lying out of his arsehole.

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  71. Candy says:

    When you think about it, a single ABF officer knocking back the visa of the world’s No. 1 tennis player coming to the Open seems very presumptious and out of the blue. I wonder if senior officers directed that to happen no matter how the visa was filled out.

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  72. Candy says:

    PM Morrison is not truthful. I read where he said that he believed God planned for him to be PM to help Australia. So it is probably not mistruths to him but the plan. It seems as if he has been given a special link to the Lord or believes he has.

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  73. mh says:

    Candy, there is an election around the corner.

    Morrison tells reporter this is how the process works, business as usual. Nothing to see here.

    Frightened Australians start crying it’s not fair.

    Morrison’s handlers then construct a Tampa moment.

    Djokovic gets deported.

    Next: 🎉 Thank you ScoMo for keeping us safe 🎊

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  74. mh says:

    Globalist says The Great Reset must continue

    Omicron is on the march. A timely reminder that two years on, the pandemic is far from over.


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  75. mh says:

    Unfortunately it’s the left raising the obvious issues:

    Implications for the future

    …While the Federal Court’s decision may be viewed as legally justified given the breadth of the cancellation powers in the Migration Act, some thought must be given to the future implications of these powers and what this means for the ability of the government to cancel other people’s visas.

    The basis of Hawke’s findings seemed to be it was enough to show Djokovic is an iconic sports star who is perceived as being anti-vaccination and therefore may foster anti-vax sentiment in Australia.

    I have a number of concerns with this.

    First, it is unfair if the perception or actions of others can determine someone’s eligibility to remain in a country. A person may wrongly be viewed as having a particular belief and still be subject to a visa cancellation.

    Second, the minister relied on Djokovic’s claimed status as a “role model” and his capacity as a high-profile sportsperson to apparently influence society. What if a sportsperson is unvaccinated, but not high-profile?

    Third, and this is the most concerning point, if we extend this logic to other people, it could justify the cancellation of any individual who is seen as a “role model” and who may be perceived as causing social unrest or protests.

    Lastly, the idea a person can have their visa cancelled because their views might affect the health, safety or good order of the Australian community raises issues for freedom of expression.

    A wide cancellation power allows the government to stop international visitors who may have an important message to tell Australians. That would pose significant concerns for political debate in Australia.

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  76. cohenite says:

    Novak isn’t a precedent, Milo, TR and Lauren Southern were.

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  77. jo says:

    Steve trickler says:
    January 16, 2022 at 11:52 pm
    I am nibbling Nobby’s nuts.

    No peanut reaction here.
    Nobby had a big smile on his face.

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  78. Steve trickler says:

    cohenite says:
    January 17, 2022 at 10:57 am
    Novak isn’t a precedent, Milo, TR and Lauren Southern were.

    And Gavin McInnes.

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  79. mh says:

    Novak isn’t a precedent, Milo, TR and Lauren Southern were.

    Cheered on by ConservaCorp.

    The difference with Novak is he is here to hit a ball around a tennis court, then go home.

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  80. egg_ says:

    …While the Federal Court’s decision may be viewed as legally justified given the breadth of the cancellation powers in the Migration Act

    Enabled by the amendments to Acts by turds in the legislature under the present scamdemic.

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  81. Eyrie says:

    Column: California should abolish parenthood, in the name of equity
    The Bee needs to hire this guy as a writer.

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  82. mh says:

    I think we can now safely say that no person will ever be allowed to enter Australia to speak about the dangers of any type of vaccine.

    The Morrison-Pfizer Coalition has made that clear, as they have now argued successfully in court that someone here to hit tennis balls may perceived by someone as anti vaccine, therefore must be banned.

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  83. Steve trickler says:

    This is better. Great movie posted above but the CC is crap. This is a reboot.

    First Orbit – the movie

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  84. mh says:

    Australia still a friend of Serbia: Payne


    Shut your fat gob, Marise.

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  85. candy says:

    I don’t think comparing Djokovic to Milo Y etc is relevant. They are invited or arrange to speak on various social issues or support a book they are writing. Not a sport, not a competition.
    Djokovic made it plain he just wanted to play tennis however PM Morrison and the judges have inferred he was here to cause dissent and spread illness, ie, to do something criminal.

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  86. Shy Ted says:

    The WIP toons were about the 10 year challenge
    Here’s my contribution
    And ‘er indoors

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