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Two classes of New Zealanders

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It’s been a staple of Leftist politics and language since the days of Marx at least, and of course it is a template that can be applied to events further back in history than his time, notably the French Revolution and the Glorious Revoluton of 1688.

Whatever names were given it in different time periods and situations – Feudal Lords vs Peasants, Business Owners vs Workers, Colonialists vs Colonised, Us vs The Other – it has always basically amounted to Oppressor and Oppressed.

I think two quotes are applicable here, the first being the complete one rather than the usual shortened version, since the second part is eerily close to where we are now and where we are going:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.

In this situation we should also not look to George Orwell’s dark vision of Nineteen Eighty Four but a different future dystopia, one that has appealed to me more as the years have passed since the great Counter-Culture revolution of the 1960’s.

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.”

I have of course made sure that the tags on this post are not just for the Labour Party, but also for National, ACT and the Greens.

So the puppies will take down Fauci?

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It’s a mark of the world we live in. You can actually get people to care more for the lives of cats and dogs than the lives of humans.

Don’t believe me? Well look what’s suddenly turned up about “Dr” Fauci.

No, not the news that none other than his employer, the NIH (of which Fauci’s NIAID is part), has finally owned up to something that outside researchers had known for months:

The National Institutes of Health has stunningly admitted to funding gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan lab — despite Dr. Anthony Fauci repeatedly insisting to Congress that no such thing happened.

In a letter to Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, a top NIH official blamed EcoHealth Alliance — the New York City-based nonprofit that has funneled US funds to the Wuhan lab — for not being transparent about the work it was doing.

Ron Paul’s complaint that Fauci lied to him and Congress about this months ago, is looking stronger all the time. Having said that Fauci didn’t survive in the Federal bureaucracy this long by being a political naif.

Aside from the problems this causes for Fauci and his mates, there’s also the question of how it creates more damage for the MSM, since they took Fauci’s side during those clashes with Rand Paul, framing the story as how the “expert” Dr Fauci had really taken down that idiot GOP Senator, Rand Paul MD, something that the analysis at this link has a lot of fun with:

There’s plenty more like that at the link. This will also not shame a single one of these reporters and MSM sources anymore than did the facts about Hunter Biden or the Russian Collusion hoax. They love having the power to frame stories and they still have millions of credulous idiots who believe them.

But it may well be that Fauci gets taken down not because of any of this, any more than his AIDS fumbles did four decades ago. Not, it may well be puppies that do him in:

Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing calls from a bipartisan group of legislators to respond to allegations that his National Institutes of Health division provided a grant to a lab in Tunisia to torture and kill dozens of beagle puppies for twisted scientific experiments.

In a letter to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and 23 colleagues addressed their “grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs.”

Oh well, they got Al Capone on tax evasion not murder. It’s as this point that you really should acknowledge the truth that Bob Jones constantly pushes, that laughter really is the best medicine.

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October 27, 2021 at 6:38 am

Wellington is not moving.

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I’m a firm believer in blogs like this connecting to other blogs rather than the MSM (breaking news aside) because blogs often provide a level of expert analysis and detail of subjects that the MSM does not.

In this case I’ll link to two blogs, Not PC and Liberty Scott on the matter of transport and do so in two separate posts. But they should be read together.

First up is Not PC, run by Peter Cresswell, an architect who has spent decades writing and thinking about urban planning. This particular article is a guest post by The Uncivil Servant, and focuses on transport in just one place, Wellington, and one group there planning it:

A RUNNING JOKE AROUND Wellington is the organisation for activist bureaucrats Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM). A running joke, because it is a symbol for how bureaucracy barely lets anything move at all.

The last National Government foolishly set it up to try to get agreement with local government on fixing transport problems in Wellington. Labour however has since changed its objectives, and painted a wide band of Green all over it. So now it isn’t really much about transport at all.

You could say the same about MBIE, set up at the behest of ACT. When are our “Right-wing” parties going to realise that setting up new bureaucracies to get things done simply results in these scenarios? All that happens is that the lovers of the State, the Left, have a new home to burrow into. In this case the writer details how the organisation’s primary objectives have been changed:

The upshot of this capitulation to blancmange is that LGWM is now less about transport and more about enabling intensification for housing development, and reducing carbon emissions. In fact, almost all about carbon emissions. Note: not noxious emissions like particulates…

The autistic focus gets worse than that:

It is also single-mindedly focused on reducing emissions solely by mode shift. Not by travelling less, not by moving to electric or hybrid vehicles, or by reducing traffic congestion to waste less fuel. LGWM is instead now almost solely focussed on enabling more housing (on one corridor), and on making peasants like you drive less by using public transport more.

They already have the statistics in front of them that show that their approach is not going to work, even on their own terms of reducing CO2 emissions. One third of traffic enters Wellington only to get to other places, and the primary reason for the congestion is that there is no bypass:

The problem is easy to identify: Wellington’s urban motorway ends abruptly at Te Aro at one end, and at the other end, SH1 from the airport stalls at the bottleneck of Mt Victoria Tunnel, with one lane in each direction. This causes congestion all day long and on weekends as well. Plus between 15-40% of traffic along Wellington’s waterfront is travelling to avoid that congestion, according to LGWM, that’s traffic that helps separate Wellington city from its harbour.

But LGWM is just not interested in solving that problem. Although the author does not say so I reckon that they’re actually happy with the congestion, thinking it will force drivers on to their trains, trams and buses, much as the Greens are happy about the Covid-19 lockdown destruction of our tourist industry, since it means fewer CO2 emitting planes ferrying people to and from our shores.

One of LGWM’s primary proposals is some sort of tram system that will cost $2.2 billion. That’s their estimate: public transport systems around the world regularly blow out such forecasts, often by multiples of two, three or more. Auckland’s ring train being merely the latest local example. The LGWM idea won’t do a damned thing for CO2 emissions either. In fact it has a different objective:

This policy of LGWM is straight out of the North American urbanist planner playbook, which calls for more “PT” (public transport) to induce more high-density housing. A policy that  has had the same success in addressing housing shortages and traffic issues there (i.e., virtually  none) as it would in Wellington. 

The other idea is fiddling around with the Mt Victoria road tunnels; building one for walkers and cyclists only and the other for buses only. Seriously, do these people even live in the city? I’ve walked and cycled around the place and on the rare nice day of sun and little wind it’s great, but there is no way I’d do it most of the time, especially during Winter and Autumn (Spring is not great either). There is already a dedicated bus tunnel of one lane only: why not just enlarge it? Probably for the following reason:

So all of the proposals essentially keep the current road capacity and do nothing at all about the bottleneck. This is straight out of the Green Party “building new road capacity is bad” school of thinking, on the basis people might have the audacity to drive (even with an electric car). One has to suspect the proposals are designed to just be dumped for being uneconomic, because they won’t encourage housing, won’t reduce emissions, nor encourage people to shift modes.

There’s nothing for the rest of Wellington either, even for other places with bottlenecks and congestion, like Karori. What a future National/ACT government should do about this is pretty simple:

If we want to ever get Wellington moving, a first step must be to remove Let’s Get Wellington Moving. It must be stopped.

Thereafter, [NZ Transport Agency] should be directed to finish SH1 in Wellington with a second Terrace Tunnel and Mt Victoria Tunnel; to trench the highway under Te Aro; and to grade separate at the Basin Reserve. Wellington City Council should put in place bus-priority measures at strategic points across the network.

On the other hand perhaps we just let Wellington drown in its own juices? Despite countless fuckups I see the locals regularly voting in very Lefty and Green councillors so Mencken’s rule of democracy should perhaps apply.

The only problem with that approach is that the rest of us, via central government, would end up paying to dig them out of their crap sooner or later. Better to stop them now before they hurt themselves.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 26, 2021 at 9:41 am

Boosting into the Future with Pfizer

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As we move forward in our Covid-19 world and the vaccination rates steadily rise around the world, researchers have begun to study so-called “breakthrough infections”, cases where a person who has been fully vaccinated against the Alpha variant catches the Delta variant.

Obviously there are no huge amounts of such studies yet because it’s early days. However, an outfit called Medrxiv, controlled by Yale University, BMJ and Cold Spring Harbour Labs, has just published a research paper based on a study of such infections in vaccinated US veterans.

Now that paper has not yet been peer-reviewed, however I see no reason why it won’t be published. BTW, “peer review” does not mean that a science paper is correct, later developments may improve it or outright prove it wrong. Peer review simply means that other qualified scientists have studied the paper and found no obvious problems (like stats screwups).

It’s an interesting read (if you’re into this sort of thing) but the conclusions must be taken into account for any nation’s vaccine strategy, especially for a nation like New Zealand that seems to be relying on the vaccine as the sole solution.

The study covered 620,000 USA veterans who were fully vaccinated. The start date is March 1st, 2021, two weeks after they got the second dose, and the end date was August 1st (confidence interval on results 99 percent).

To put that chart into words, the decline in protection against infection over a period of five months for the three vaccines studied is:

  • Janssen – Decline from 92 percent to 3 percent
  • Moderna – Decline from 91 percent to 64 percent.
  • Pfizer – Decline from 95 percent to 50 percent.

Now it must be noted that this is efficacy against infection. All the evidence to date is that the vaccines are still effective in protecting against illness, severe illness and death. That may fade with time as well, but we’ll have to wait and see.

What this means is that by early 2022, if you’re fully vaccinated with Pfizer and sitting beside a person infected with the Covid-19 virus your odds of catching it are basically a coin flip. That’s why booster shots for people who need to be protected – the elderly and those with health issues – will have to start soon.

That 3% for the Janssen virus is not a typo, as you can see on the graph. Having read about mRNA tech for years, mainly out of my interest in gene-crafted cancer treatments, these results are not surprising. The mRNA vaccines are like JDAM bombs; very precisely targeted weapons that hit one aspect of the virus.as opposed to traditional vaccine approach of “weakened” viruses that trigger a full-blown immune system reaction that identifies and targets just about every ID tag a virus carries. That’s the reason that natural immunity is superior to mRNA vaccine-induced immunity, as this recent undercover video showed with Pfizer scientists admitting that.

“When somebody is naturally immune— like they got COVID— they probably have…more antibodies against the virus because what the vaccine is…that protein is just on the outside.”

“It’s just one antibody against one specific part of the virus. When you actually get the virus you’ll start producing antibodies against multiple pieces of virus, not only the outside portion but the inside portion, the actual virus so your antibodies are probably better at that point than the vaccination.”

That’s Nick Karl, a biochemist at Pfizer. Another scientist, Raul Khandke:

“We’re like bred and taught to be like [the] vaccine is safer than actually getting COVID…you cannot like talk about this, it’s not in public. If you have antibodies built up, you should be able to prove that you have those built up.”

Chris Croce, senior associate scientist at Pfizer was the one with the real bombshells:

… basically our organization is run on COVID money now…..There’s eyes and ears everywhere. You don’t talk about anything that could possibly implicate you or Big Pharma. Even when you shut the door to the office, it’s like, ‘who’s listening?’”

So right now we are seeing an increase in the Delta variant. Not because of the variant but because of immune—basically [the vaccinated] antibodies are waning—they’re still protected but not at that 95 percent efficacy. It’s more like 70 percent.”

But I also appreciated these comments from him as he basically says that “restrictions” are meant to frustrate the unvaccinated into getting the jab, whether they want it or not, plus the medical ethics involved in doing so:

“If you are restricting people who are unvaccinated from doing anything and vaccinated people are allowed to do anything they want, eventually they’re just gonna be like, fuck it, let me just get vaccinated.

but still, you shouldn’t have to show anything, which is basically, in my opinion, a violation of HIPAA. They… no one has a right to ask you if you’ve been vaccinated or so… it’s an invasion of privacy. I don’t agree with it.

HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (1996).

I feel a bit sorry for these three scientists who seem like nice, decent guys who got sucked in to having dinner with some lovely ladies who had camera equipment. Those men are now probably in deep shit at Pfizer, although I’ll bet that the MSM have ignored this story.

But between such waning immunity, medical ethics, and natural immunity, I really have doubts that vaccine papers are going to work – and that’s assuming this government can get them done when they’ve proven so incompetent on achieving all their other goals.

Oh, and there’s another mutant virus on the way:

As the world is battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK and Israel are experiencing a wave of coronavirus cases due to the new descendant of the Delta variant AY.4.2, also called the “Delta Plus” variant.

The Delta is still a dominant variant in the UK, however, AY.4.2 delta sublineage is rapidly increasing in frequency. It includes spike mutations A222V and Y145H, which might give the virus survival advantages, according to the latest report from the UK Health Security Agency.

This reality is going to unfold in New Zealand next year. This virus, in one mutated form or another, is going to sweep through the population and it will not be possible to hide the results. In increasing numbers, vaccinated people will become infected with Delta, Delta AY4.2, and whatever comes next. I don’t think that will result in any great wave of hospitalisations, let alone deaths, but there will be some.

But what will our answer be? More vaccines? Boosters? Another set of mRNA vaccines specifically crafted for the new mutations ? More lockdowns?

Written by Tom Hunter

October 25, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Bad news for White Supremacists

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You know that little symbol you’ve been using to communicate with eachother as a symbol of White Power?

The symbol that the Democrats, the US Left and the MSM (but I repeat myself), all went apeshit about after Trump became President?

This sign =>

Well, bad news haters. It turns out that’s wrong. We know this now, not just because President Biden used it in his poorly viewed train wreck of a “Town hall” meeting on CNN the other night,…

… but also because people who tried to claim he was flashing the WP sign have been…. fact checked! By none other than Politifact!

This started when Twitter account called “Libs of Tik Tok” – who specialise in having fun with earnest US “Liberals” – tweeted the following: bonus points to them for using the Internet meme, “literally shaking”.

Given that we live in a world where the satirical site, Babylon Bee, has found itself being “fact-checked” as a result of dealing with clueless journalists, the following should not have been a surprise, yet it still was:

Wow! Thanks for that “Fact-checkers”. Without you, clueless morons might have thought that was a real accusation. However, they did do one good thing, which was to provide some background to the nonsense of how the traditional “Okay” sign ended up being a White Power symbol.

First, a word of caution about interpreting that gesture as a white power gesture. According to the Anti-Defamation League, in 2017, members of the website 4chan falsely claimed that it represented the letters “WP” for “white power.”

“The hoaxers hoped that the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist,” the Anti-Defamation League says in this article explaining the gesture.

Hoped? That’s exactly what the dumbfucks of the US MSM and “liberals” did do – to the utter delight of the 4chan gang, who do such things on a regular basis to demonstrate how screwed up the MSM-Liberal alliance is. Why it’s as if they and the ADL don’t even know they’re being played.

While overwhelmingly people use the gesture to signify assent or approval, “as well as other usages unrelated to white supremacy,” the league says, it has also been used as a sincere expression of white supremacy.

In this case, however, the context makes clear that Biden is using the gesture to illustrate the number zero, as in how many cents he said some corporations pay in taxes.

Oh! So now “context matters.” Fantastic. It just so happens that context suddenly “matters” when a Democrat does it. Context didn’t matter for the last few years when Republican politicians, activists and even ordinary, random dudes on TV flashed it and got attacked, smeared, and in some cases canceled by online outrage mobs.

You only have to imagine the response had Trump done this. The irony is that Biden was quite happy in his early 70’s Senate career to pal around with Democrat Senators who were outright segregationists and White Supremacists.

The random online FaceTwit mobs are bad enough, but once again we see that the MSM “fact checkers” could not be more transparent in their Lefty and partisan bias.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 25, 2021 at 2:33 pm

Bitcoin Monday: more CO2 than New Zealand

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Labour Day?

HA!

Everyday is Labour Day, which increasingly might mean a day on which to do nothing except think about what our current Labour government is doing to this nation.

No, today shall be bitcoin day, at least here on No Minister.

By now you should all have heard of bitcoin. If you haven’t you can read the detail at that link, but the following summary is good enough:

Bitcoin () is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator, that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.[8] Transactions are verified by network nodes through cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

It was invented in 2008, is based on mathematics, cryptology (public and private keys), computing technology and has gone from being worth $ 0.30 to $US 44,000 at one point. In between it’s jumped around a lot in price.

The math behind it means that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created, which goes to the heart of the original White Paper:

“The root problem with conventional currencies is all the trust that’s required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust.”[173]

Is it real money? Yes.

Of course it relies on people being willing to buy and sell stuff using it, but that can be an issue with normal currency because ordinary currency ultimately relies on trust as well. Nobody wants to use Venezuelan currency because it’s been destroyed by their communist government creating huge amounts of it. The nation now runs on US dollars. In the same way there are perfectly solid companies and nations or parts of nations that have accepted bitcoin, including the Canton of Zug, Switzerland, which started accepting tax payments in bitcoin earlier this year.

Bitcoins have three qualities useful in a currency, according to The Economist in January 2015: they are “hard to earn, limited in supply and easy to verify.”

But, just as with US dollars vs Zimbabwean currency, the ultimate success of bitcoin as a means of exchange will depend on how far such acceptance spreads.

Is it a scam? Yes.

At least in the sense of the 1637 Tulip Mania. I see that Bob Jones was hot on this the other day, although it should be noted that he’s attacking the speculation on the currency, rather than the thing itself. The cryptology and inbuilt limits on creating bitcoins means that it’s not “fake” currency.

But that creation is something else. The first bitcoins could be created using ordinary computers. But as the theoretical limit of 21 million is approached it gets harder and harder. Ever more computer power must be applied, resulting in huge banks of computers grinding away 24/7. That takes a lot of electrical power and that’s where this chart comes in:

Incredible is it not? There are other digital currencies currently being promoted, using the same, basic concepts of mathematical cryptology and computing.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 25, 2021 at 10:49 am

Some proposed measures of totalitarianism and their application to an existing situation

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Like a lot of ideology and politics there are terms thrown around with gay abandon which, sooner or later, descend into fights about definitions.

One of the oldest such fights is around one of the original forms of totalitarianism, “communism”. Starting with whether we’re talking the Upper or Lower-case version. Of course the failures of Communism, starting as soon as people tried to put it into practice in the USSR in the 1920’s, effectively chewed away any respect one might have had for the theory, especially as all the apologists were steadily revealed as either liars or fools.

The final renunciation came in 1991 with the collapse of the originator of Communism In Practice, the USSR. Moreover, since it was the vaunted People themselves who did the renunciation, who promptly uncovered decades of lies about almost everything the regime had done, and who revealed just how abjectly useless, cruel, stupid and clownish the whole thing had been, the best possible emotion that appeared was not disgust and condemnation (although there was that), but laughter and ridicule.

As a result almost nobody calls themselves a communist nowadays. Almost. There’s still North Korea of course, but Real Communists denounce that as State Capitalism, even as the Hermit Kingdom also castigates its huge neighbour, China, as having lost the faith.

Meantime, the same sort of definitional fights are happening all over again with things like “Woke” (“nobody over 30 should use it”), Cancel Culture, Trans-issues and Critical Race Theory. The latter – now that pushback is happening – is being argued as merely another theory from the halls of academia: take no notice of what it has been turned into for US K-12 schools and corporate HR departments, where “White = Racist” is taught to little kids and senior managers alike.

Such things can’t be totalitarian, can they?

Rather than wasting time getting into definitional arguments framed by the people pushing all these theories and making excuses for them, the famous US economist Thomas Sowell, in his 1996 book, Knowledge And Decisions (which I strongly recommend be read) proposed seven features by which totalitarianism can be identifed. Note that most, but not all, of these can apply in bodies outside of the State.

  1. “the localization of evil in Jews, capitalists, or some other group – so that comprehensive political solutions to age-old human problems seem feasible within a reasonable time horizon by surgically removing the offending group, leaving a healthy body politic intact”.
  2. “the localization of wisdom, to explain why this miraculous cure has escaped so many minds for so many centuries, as well as explaining the necessity for superseding democratic institutions and beliefs”
  3. “a single scale of values by which priorities may arranged in every field of human endeavor, to be achieved ‘at all cost’”
  4. “the presupposition of sufficient knowledge to achieve whatever goal may be projected”
  5. “the urgency of the ‘problem’ to be ‘solved’ so that ruthlessness is the lesser of two evils”
  6. “a psychic identification with millions, whose opinions may nevertheless be disregarded and whose lives may be sacrificed in the cause, without feelings of guilt”
  7. the creation of “a self-enclosed system, to exclude alternative views and visions” and “convert questions of fact into questions of motive”

So let’s apply this to our current situation in New Zealand.

Looks like a good fit, and I didn’t even mention the $110 million of government-funded MSM support.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 24, 2021 at 5:25 pm

An antidote to dull, grey days

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That is a famous painting called “Meules de Blé”, in English, “Wheatstacks” and it’s by one of the most famous artists in history, Vincent van Gogh.

If you think you recognise it that may because you’re thinking of a similar painting he made called “Wheatstacks in Provence”. There is a connection between the two:

Painted in Arles in June 1888, the blazing watercolor is a study that the artist days later turned into the oil painting “Wheatstacks in Provence,” which hangs in the Kröller-Müller Museum, in Otterlo, Holland.

But in many ways this painting may be more extraordinary because last week was the first time it had been displayed to the public in 116 years. Even the copies seen were not in colour. The story behind that is amazing itself.

According to Martin Bailey, writing last week in The Art Newspaper, the watercolor was bought in 1913 by a Berlin Jewish industrialist and collector, Max Meirowsky, sent to a Paris-based dealer just before World War II when Meirowsky fled the Nazis to Holland, and purchased by Miriam Caroline Alexandrine de Rothschild, daughter of the great Zionist benefactor, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. When she in turn fled, to Switzerland, the painting was seized by the Nazis, and it subsequently disappeared, despite her best efforts to recover it after the war.

Somehow, someway, it turned up again in the late 1970’s in New York, where it was bought by a Texas oilman who hung it in his Dallas mansion and told few people about it. He died last year and after much negotiation with the heirs of Meirowsky and Rothschild, it’s up for auction at the famous Christies in London.

The article from the first link is worth reading in its entirety. One of the small aspects I love about it is the sheer joy the writer gets from the whole, personal experience, including seeing this painting up close in a way that will likely never be possible again, even in a museum:

Unlike in some museums, here at Christie’s, astonishing works of art are displayed with truly intimate access. Wheatstacks — its color crisp and bright, as though it were painted if not yesterday, then fairly recently, and certainly not more than 130 years ago — shared a small room with two other Van Goghs, an ethereal small Degas and several other wondrous works, all from the Cox Collection, also bound for auction. There were very few visitors and you could get up as close as you wanted to the works, and stay with them for as long as you liked, albeit under the slightly wary eye of a Christie’s staffer.

I was glad to read that last part. Were it me I’d provide several such staffers. It’s expected to sell for between $20-30 million.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 24, 2021 at 9:45 am

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We should get Biden and Adern together.

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At least judging from this latest colonic eruption from “President” Root Vegetable.

It is in this country. Just ask our Prime Minister; I’m sure she thinks “expodentially” is a word. It certainly is with Covid-19 Delta cases.

Meantime, in the same speech Biden also told a story he has repeated multiple times even while it’s been debunked multiple times. But he keeps on telling it, despite it being divorced from reality.

The story is that he was riding the Amtrak home to Delaware, from D.C. in the seventh year he was Vice President (2015) and that he often did that because his mother was sick and he wanted to visit her. During the trip he encountered his friend Angelo Negri, an Amtrak conductor, who told him he had just read about Biden flying over a million miles on “Air Force aircraft,” that Negri derided that saying Biden had done far more on Amtrak, doing two million miles on the line.

So what’s the debunking of this corny story? Biden’s mother died in 2010. Angelo Negri died in 2014 and had retired in 1993. Biden has told the story many times before, including in April during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Amtrak in Philadelphia and in September, when he told it to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In light of the known and undisputed facts, even bloody CNN, who so rarely call Biden out on his many many false statements, had to take on this one, fact checking it as false in June.

Oh, and then there’s this, which went viral from a CNN Townhall thing that Biden did:

He held that pose for a long, long time while being asked a question. There’s a reason.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 24, 2021 at 6:00 am

At last, some serious commentary

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As a serious political commentator this is what I’ve been waiting for.

If you thought photoshopping Jacinda into Der Führer’s uniform was bad, well,,,,, it looks like somebody has finally taken the classic Downfall bunker scene – a clip that has been the source of so many parodies over the years that it has its own YouTube channel – and applied it to our beloved Prime Minister (and her little friends).

As Downfall parodies go this one’s pretty good although I hate the caption font. There’s one slip up on a caption vs audio bit but they actually manage to get the reference to Stalin placed correctly, which most don’t bother with.

As ever, fluent speakers of German will not be able to enjoy this (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!)

Ganz gave what most people consider the most accurate and greatest portrayal of Adolf Hitler on screen, in the 2004 movie Downfall, which focuses on the final days of the Third Reich in the Berlin “Fuhrerbunker”.

The most famous scene in the movie – the one above – was where Hitler loses the plot completely. He finds out that one of his generals, Steiner, has not carried out the counter-attack Hitler ordered and accuses Steiner of simply refusing the order. He goes on to accuse all the Wehrmacht generals of being cowards and having constantly betrayed and lied to him, and so forth. It’s a terrifyingly awesome and yet pathetic meltdown.

And it was made for parody.

We’ll see how long this stays up before some member of the Branch Covidian cult demands it be taken down.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 23, 2021 at 1:55 pm