Open Thread – Saturday, 29 January 2022

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  1. Shy Ted says:
    February 3, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    I’d like to post more often but time constraints and there’s so much to digest out there in the real world I run out of time.


    Journalists are much maligned, especially at the Çats, and often justifiably so, but I’m impressed with those that have the ability to take in multiple sources and distil them into a comprehensive and compelling narrative on a time budget.

    Shout out to Rita Panahi who, writing for News, took on multiple topics and developed her craft after/while having an earlier career already in place.

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  2. calli says:

    Well done posters.

    Seconded, Ted. You all know I’m lurking and reading and mulling over the comments.

    I’ve enjoyed the work of some of the Cats here for more than ten years, and learned so much, and found courage to type up my opinions.

    And the (relatively) new ones – love the contributions. A whole new flavour of thought like the gelato freezer. Hard to choose which one is best.

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  3. Shy Ted says:

    We’re saved with this brand new invention
    Caution, turn down the pressure before snogging.

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  4. calli says:

    I think it’s real, Ted.

    Freaks are already buying these. Brrrrrrrr.

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  5. mh says:

    I had an online work meeting today, a Sydney colleague advised that he’d been unavailable at times this week due to medical tests. Said he was diagnosed with myocarditis following the shot, and needed to make sure he was ok to get the booster scheduled for tomorrow.


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  6. Ragu says:

    Gutfeld on a Whoopi update.

    He can be a bit hit and miss, but if you want to be entertained by people shitting on the left, then this isn’t too bad.

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  7. mh says:

    Leo Terrell: Whoopi Goldberg’s apology is not enough

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  8. mh says:

    Footballer down… and out.

    A GREEK footballer has died aged just 21 after a cardiac arrest during a match with no defibrillator or ambulance at the stadium.

    Alexandros Lampis was playing out for third-tier side Ilioupoli.

    But with just five minutes on the clock, reports in his homeland say the attacking midfielder collapsed.

    Tragically, there was no way to revive him on the pitch and the ambulance did not arrive on the ground for another 20 minutes.

    Ilioupoli announced the sad news on their social media channels.

    Translated from Greek, the club wrote: “Our Aleko, our friend, our brother, you left so unjustly.

    “The whole team, the whole city is mourning today.

    “The words do not come out… only an unbearable pain and a knot in the stomach. Have a good trip Alecara.”

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  9. mh says:

    The annual inflation rate in Turkey has surged to a 20-year high of 48.7%, state data revealed on Tuesday, despite months of assurances by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the soaring figures were just temporary and that his government could ease the pain on Turks weighed down by rising living costs.

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  10. candy says:

    Lizzie certainly cops it over at New Catallaxy. Someone called her a rat with a gold tooth. There must be a better way of dealing with a difference of opinion than to stoop to that kind of thing. It’s kind of sad to see the bullying over there.

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  11. Ragu says:

    It’s kind of sad to see the bullying over there.

    If some of them had lives/friends/heterosexuality it wouldn’t be a problem

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  12. Ragu says:

    It reminds me of groups of pub mates. Over time a (small) proportion of the group will end up hating the other over the most mundane of crap, all because they spend 50 – 60 hours a week together.

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  13. Cardimona says:

    I only speed-scan the other Cat for likely links and a few key commenters these days – and even then only if I have spare time…
    The rest of it is Farcebook for senior citizens.

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  14. cohenite says:

    Latest from the whacky world of islam:

    Journalist who reported on Sharia in French town gets death threats, police protection

    Germany: New Green Party top dog says some parts of Sharia are compatible with German constitution

    Nigeria described as world ‘epicenter of jihadi violence,’ Christian persecution at ‘catastrophic levels’

    France’s Macron Tries to Reclassify Muslim Terrorism as Mental Illness

    Many other laughs:

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  15. cohenite says:

    And some memes to complete my work for the evening:

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  16. mh says:

    Brought to you by Pfizer

    Rare 🚑🚨
    This is Katrina Hermez. This is her life now. She was “promised protection” but now lives with this reality. Katrina wants YOU to share her story because she wants everyone to SEE the risks for themselves. I’m making sure her story is heard and not hidden.

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  17. mh says:

    LONDON — The Bank of England on Thursday imposed back-to-back interest rate hikes for the first time since 2004 and began the process of quantitative tightening.

    Markets had broadly expected the 25 basis point rate increase, which the Monetary Policy Committee voted for unanimously and which takes the main Bank Rate to 0.5%, as the central bank strives to contain soaring inflation.

    The Bank fired the starting gun on rate rises in December, hiking its main interest rate to 0.25% from its historic low of 0.1%.

    Since then, data has shown U.K. inflation soared to a 30-year high in December as higher energy costs, resurgent demand and supply chain issues continued to drive up consumer prices.

    The Bank of England on Thursday raised its inflation forecast to an April peak of 7.25% from the 6% projected in its December report.

    That’ll fix runaway inflation.
    A bank rate of 0.5%

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  18. Ragu says:

    How is the campaign going, Cardimona?

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  19. Ragu says:

    Got to leave a little room for punitive taxation

    UK general government gross debt was £2,223.0 billion at the end of the financial year ending March 2021, equivalent to 103.6% of gross domestic product (GDP)

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  20. mh says:

    I support the Greene agenda

    Marjorie Taylor Greene joins Alex Jones

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  21. Steve trickler says:

    Josh Cantu:

    On September 25, 2021 a Search and Recovery Dive Team “Adventures With Purpose” arrived in Marine City, Michigan taking on the 4 month old missing persons case of Nadine Moses.

    This is the Behind the scenes account of how this case was solved, but when the vehicle was finally pulled up out of the water and Nadine was confirmed inside, one question remained. Why is the car so damaged?

    We had never seen a car so flat from a boat ramp accident.

    Watch to the end for the answer.

    Nadine Solved. (Damage Explained) | Behind the Scenes with AWP

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  22. Barking Toad says:

    The Ungraceful One, who, let’s say, had a bit of a reputation in secondary school as being a bit of a two wheeled conveyance with pedals, has fallen off her bike.

    The ironing, it burns.

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  23. calli says:

    The rest of it is Farcebook for senior citizens.

    A few guest posts you might enjoy, Cardi.

    Remember that baby in the bath water!

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  24. mh says:

    Shares of Facebook parent Meta plunged 27 per cent in an epic $322b rout that, in its sheer scale, is unlike anything Wall Street or Silicon Valley has ever seen.

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  25. hzhousewife says:

    Not only has the Covid vax been an unprecedented worldwide experiment, it is also wholly uncontrolled, so there is very little hope of sorting out the truth in the long run.

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  26. Cardimona says:

    Ramping up slowly, Ragu, but steadily – thanks!

    Calli, any chance you could cross-link the better items here, for those of us who are time-poor?

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  27. Timothy Neilson says:

    candy says:
    February 3, 2022 at 9:36 pm
    Ragu says:
    February 3, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Set out below are a couple of Lizzie’s special efforts on a recent thread at the other Cat.
    They’re not aberrations. You can check these other ones out for yourselves on the 31 January open thread at the other site:
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    February 1, 2022 at 4:55 pm
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    February 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    She’s a crass, vulgar, low-rent showboater who could solve all of her own problems on that site by refraining from deliberately making a great parade of everything she sees as her status markers and supposed accomplishments.

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    January 5, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Hairy thinks I’m stubborn too. You didn’t saying anything about Business Class did you? he enquires anxiously as he peers around the door disapprovingly at me blogging. You know that will just bring them all down on your head again. If you do, then leave me out of it.

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    January 5, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    One of my friends, wife of the President of the golf club, refuses to watch ‘Succession’ because of the ‘language’ in it.

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  28. johanna johanna says:

    Well said, TN.

    My dislike of this kind of nouveau riche drivel goes back to when I first commented at Sinc’s – about ten years ago. In those days, there was a lot of boasting about diamonds, interspersed with Angela’s Ashes in western Sydney and how the brave, brilliant and beautiful heroine rose to consorting with The Highest in the Land and scored a rich husband. It was revolting, and I said so.

    Thankfully, there is not a trace of this kind of vulgar, ill bred behaviour here. 🙂

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  29. Ragu says:

    As one of the regulars here, can I just say; don’t bring that shit here. We don’t give a fuck

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  30. calli says:

    Some of you do, Ragu. That was evident last night.

    Hope your op went okay last week.

    Cardi, probably best if you scrolled down the right hand side bar – it has the subject headings listed. Also good for a peek is Currency Lad. That’s CL’s blog. He has a way with words.

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  31. egg_ says:

    As one of the regulars here, can I just say; don’t bring that shit here.


    Leave the Clown Posse to their own.

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  32. Timothy Neilson says:

    As one of the regulars here, can I just say; don’t bring that shit here. We don’t give a fuck

    Then why did you comment on it twice?
    But, fine, no further from me about it.

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  33. Ragu says:

    I made an observation that people who spend too much time together end up viscerally hating each other, t’was not an invitation to be involved.

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  34. Black Ball Black Ball says:

    Saw that Shy Ted. Not ominious at all

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  35. Old bloke says:

    Black Ball says:
    February 4, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Saw that Shy Ted. Not ominious at all


    Having the gas pipe connected to the ventilation is good. We won’t have to walk to the gas chamber, they will finish us off while we sleep.

    I thought that was a very considerate touch.

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  36. Shy Ted says:

    Sorry, can’t link but have just seen a vid taken near Kirribilli and Admiralty Houses, Cockatoo Island on the Parramatta River which shows lots of army tents and such. Speculation as to what’s happening. Some think big arrests about to happen. My guess, additional security. One to watch. Not much more detail in the vid and commentary. Hoping.

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  37. candy says:

    PM Morrison out and about on the campaign trail visits a salon in a Labor electorate and washes a lady’s hair.
    You’d have to feel uncomfortable letting a prime minister of any party or gender or age in their very dignified and important role washing your hair for a picture or actually anyone but a hairdresser etc do that personal service. Even if you don’t particularly like them or their policies, best the PM maintains the normal dignified position or am I old fashioned?

    Good grief, would he be participating in other personal activities in salons. The women’s vote is obviously very important. His group of advisors said go out and do a “female” job to get the female vote, and so he did.

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  38. egg_ says:

    You’d have to feel uncomfortable letting a prime minister of any party or gender or age in their very dignified and important role washing your hair for a picture

    Did Scummo volunteer for duty at Albo’s Rub’n’Tug as well?

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  39. Ragu says:

    Did Scummo volunteer for duty at Albo’s Rub’n’Tug as well?

    Yes. Knocked back for being overqualified

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  40. Steve trickler says:

    Scomo washing a lady’s hair? FMD.

    That is creepy sh*t! My thoughts on the lady allowing him to do so…are not pleasant.

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  41. Steve trickler says:

    First 10 from a list of 20.

    Doc Coleman:

    This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

    Passing Observations 85

    1) Word processing software, search engines, computers and the internet are all clumsy, clunky crap. If bicycles were as badly designed they’d fall apart at the first push on the pedals. Software is counter-intuitive and annoying and so difficult to use that most of it seems to have been put on the market without being finished. Search engines are commercialised and therefore unreliable and useless.

    2)‘There’s a difference between knowing the path and walking the path’ – The Matrix.

    3)In 1945 the Government in the UK needed (and built) 750,000 new homes. If a Government today could do that it would solve the UK’s housing crisis in a year. But that was 1945 and we’ve made a lot of progress since then so everything takes a lot longer.

    4)The quick way to see if a film is worth watching is to see if The Guardian newspaper has given it a good review. We never watch anything which has been praised by The Guardian.

    5) After World War II, food rationing continued in the UK until 1954. In Germany, food rationing ended with the war. And you thought Britain won?

    6)‘Caring should be felt not heard’ – Sally Vickers.

    7) In France, you won’t be allowed into a restaurant if you aren’t jabbed. And if you are jabbed you will still need a negative test result too. (Presumably, because the French authorities recognise that the jabs don’t work. Who’s going to tell them that the tests don’t work either?)

    8) The world’s debt is now over $300 trillion. That is three times the world’s GDP. If interest goes to 5% the interest on the world’s debt will be $15 trillion a year.

    9) A 31-year-old man has been refused a heart transplant because he won’t allow doctors to give him the experimental, toxic covid-19 jab that doesn’t do what people think it does.

    10)Fashion designer Stella McCartney took just under £2.7 million in salary in the year to the end of 2020. In the same year her business took nearly £850,000 in furlough money.

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  42. Barking Toad says:

    Scomo washing a lady’s hair? FMD.

    There’s something horribly Biden about that!

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  43. Steve trickler says:

    🤣 I needed this and only 10 minutes in.

    Best Fails Of The Year 2021 | FailArmy

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  44. calli says:

    Fabulous, Steve. Haven’t watched it all.

    “First Driving Lesson” at around 9min. 😂

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  45. Ragu says:

    Cops back to doing what they know best. Pushing women around.

    Any word from ScoMao? What about champion of the people Anthony Whatthefucksadoorhandle Albanese?

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  46. Steve trickler says:

    I’ve no trust in the police at the moment so I would not rule out this being planted…or this Jim bloke is a fool.

    Will wait and see.

    URGENT: Police raid protest camp and discover “firearms”. False flag?

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  47. mh says:

    I’m not trying to understand her, just enjoying the comedic relief

    AP Entertainment
    Thandiwe Newton plays a woman confronting white hunters in the Sundance film “God’s Country.” She says she’s struggled with a different type of prejudice in the U.S. as a light-skinned Black British actor.

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  48. Steve trickler says:

    I got a phishing warning about that site, mh.

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  49. mh says:

    Novak Djokovic meets Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Thursday

    …The top-ranked tennis star met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday (local time) and described the events in Australia as “unexpected, to say the least.”

    “I wanted to meet with you today because, primarily as a citizen of Serbia, I felt a great need to thank you for great support that you, as the President of Serbia, gave me, as well as all state institutions during the unfortunate events in Australia,” Djokovic said.

    “Although I was alone in detention, and faced with many problems and challenges, I wasn’t feeling lonely. I had huge support primarily from my family, all of the close people in my life, entire Serbian nation, many people with good intentions from the region and the world.”

    He did not speak about details of the events in Australia, promising to give his version later…

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  50. egg_ says:

    She says she’s struggled with a different type of prejudice in the U.S. as a light-skinned Black British actor.

    Obama was originally put down by Afro Americans – including Whoopie Goldberg – in his campaigning as not being Afro American.

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  51. Steve trickler says:

    I’d love to live in those valleys. No noise complaints would ever come from me.

    Fresh footage from Machynlleth – Wales, aka The Mach Loop.

    Dafydd Phillips:

    F15 strike eagles out of RAF Lakenheath hitting the ‘low fly’ in the Mach loop on one of my favourite hills. The Spur is a great location for a bit of wing vapour providing there’s enough humidity in the air. The best photography results come when the weather is a little overcast with clouds covering the sun. Too many clouds can result in the pilots aborting the low level exercise and staying above the clouds. Never fails to get great results when all goes well.

    F15 Strike Eagles Low And Loud in 4K Video

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  52. Steve trickler says:

    Kurt Caz:

    Orangi Town, Pakistans Biggest hood.
    Let’s go chew some Beetle nut….

    High in Pakistan’s Biggest Hood, Orangi Town 🇵🇰

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  53. Steve trickler says:

    From the Kurt Caz clip above;

    Social distancing – zippo
    Face masks – next to none
    Shaking of hands – prevalent
    Vaccination status of the Pakistani population- unknown? I’ve yet to look.

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  54. mh says:

    Obama was originally put down by Afro Americans – including Whoopie Goldberg – in his campaigning as not being Afro American.

    You inspired me to go look for some Pastor Manning dissing long-legged Mack daddy Obama.

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  55. mh says:

    Clay Travis
    Shaq comes out against vaccine mandates on his podcast. I have gained so much respect for many different people in public positions who have had the courage to stand up for individual freedoms despite all the pressures against doing so.

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  56. Ragu says:

    Laughing my arse off

    She must be a 54D! Double D

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  57. Ragu says:

    Is the Obama Girl a 54 DOUBLE D? Really?

    Although still hilarious, I’m disappointed the Reverand didn’t have the gall to call her a whore for a long legged freak.

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