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Sweden

In contrast to its European neighbors, Sweden is welcoming tourists. Businesses and schools are open with almost no restrictions. And as far as masks are concerned, not only is there no mandate in place, Swedish health officials are not even recommending them.

What are the results of Sweden’s much-derided laissez-faire policy? Data show the 7-day rolling average for COVID deaths yesterday was zero (see below). As in nada. And it’s been at zero for about a week now.

with Australia

Anti-lockdown protesters are marching shoulder-to-shoulder through the streets of Sydney despite NSW recording its highest number of daily infections since the Covid-19 outbreak started.

A shock photo emerged showing the brazen protesters huddled together as they walked through Broadway in Sydney’s innerwest chanting, holding signs and halting traffic.

The protest is one of about nine across the country as anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine protesters hold a “worldwide rally for freedom” on Saturday afternoon.

In Melbourne, police made arrests before the protest even took place with officers arresting multiple people for not wearing a mask and failing to show their ID.

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Sydney. Picture: Steve Hart
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Sydney. Picture: Steve Hart

Aussies have simply had enough of this insane lockdown bullshit.

Update

Here in Australia, the mobs in Sydney and Melbourne have woken up.

Months of draconian lockdowns simply have not worked. The juvenile media is fixated on infection numbers but you’ll struggle to find any data on deaths directly attributable to covid. I understand total deaths from all causes amount to some 3,300 per week. Where’s the panic about that?

In 2019 influenza and pneumonia killed over 4,000.

Since the outbreak started NINETEEN months ago, there have been just 202 deaths of people younger than 80.

Written by adolffinkensen

July 24, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Headless Chooks

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Adolf can’t help wondering why the headless chooks running NSW and Victoria don’t just let the damned virus run its course and treat those infected with hydroxychloroqine and zinc or ivermectin, both of which are cheap, plentiful and effective when administered early . (Wikipedia will tell you trials show HCQ is not effective. The lefties who write there avoid telling you it is highly effective when combined with zinc. Apparently HCQ open the virus up, allowing the zinc to enter and kill it.)

The news media is awash with panic headlines about the numbers of new infections but it is impossible to find any reliable figures on the number of deaths caused by the virus. If it was significant it would be on the front page everyday but it isn’t.

So we are destroying our economy to save a few obese and diseased people from dying now instead of just a few months later. In doing so we are killing large numbers of productive young people from suicide, drug overdose and alcohol abuse – brought on by draconian lockdowns which appear to be highly ineffective.

Thank God I live in a part of Australia which has been almost unaffected by this bureaucratic madness.

Written by adolffinkensen

July 22, 2021 at 3:56 pm

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Barfight or Twitter Fight

Two recent posts on war and the possibility of a future war, reminded me of something that’s been floating around online for almost as long as the internet itself.

In the distant geological age of the 1990’s Interwebby thing, jokes would explode across email inboxes around the planet. This often resulted in embarrassment as people, not knowing email etiquette (looking at you Don Brash, you idiot), would simply forward these things to some group email they had or worse, hit “Reply All”.

I had a personal experience of the latter one day in Chicago when a couple of very intense young men appeared in my cubicle to ask if I had forwarded some piece-of-shit email. I had not, since I actually understood not just etiquette but what could happen to email apps with an ever-expanding shit storm of Reply All, especially with an attached app. They were from Computer Operations and thus people to be ignored usually, but on this occasion they had every reason to be pissed. My client’s system crashed 20 minutes later.

In between cut n’paste jokes, one piece of email humour that did the rounds was funny only to people who studied history, especially military history, but it was so clever that it’s actually been stored in online history forums, including ‘nzhistory.govt.nz’.

But it’s nice to see that the same theme has now appeared, twenty years later, in a different guise, wherein WWI starts in the nasty, toxic sewers of Social Media, complete with all the lingo of the youngins.

I also liked this addition.

Meantime for you oldies, the original bar fight version is here. But I may as well just paste it, just in case that government server ever gets killed, along with its backup.

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at.

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene.

Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what’s Germany going to do about it?

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany. Austria punches Russia. Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over. Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there.

Turkey punches Russia in the back of the head when Russia isn’t looking. Britain and France tell Turkey that’s not on and once they’ve sorted Germany out Turkey’s next.

Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia, New Zealand, and Britain punch Turkey, and get punched back. There are no hard feelings though because Britain made Australia and New Zealand do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway. Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.

America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now all the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault. While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.

The last Russian reference always cracks me up.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 16, 2021 at 6:30 am

Daily Reading List

Adolf has no wish to read the lies of the Left and, accordingly, the following are not included in his daily reading list:-

ABC, SMH, Age, Guardian, NYT, WAPO, CNN, MSNBC, NZ Herald, Stuff, TVNZ, RNZ, BBC, Economist,

His reading list includes:-

Kiwiblog, No Minister, The Australian, Skynews, The Straits Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Powerline, PJMedia, Instapundit,

Great Britain is not represented and Adolf would appreciate suggestions for a reliably non-leftie publication.

Over a period of twenty years, Adolf recalls being mighty impressed with the quality of reporting displayed in the Fiji Times. Not for them the shifty presentation of Leftist opinion as ‘news.’

Written by adolffinkensen

July 15, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Godwin’s Law is For Fools

We Live In Dangerous Times

The drums of war are beating.

Many commentators say Australia would not be invaded, in the event of hostilities between China and the US.  I disagree.  Australia is enormously vulnerable.  Its defense forces are weak and the current US administration cannot be relied upon to come to her aid.

Australia is rich in high grade coal and iron ore, bauxite, copper, uranium, lithium and mineral sands, all of which Xi needs to support a prolonged war with the enfeebled United States. (China currently is storing imported iron or on its sea bed.)

A decision to occupy would indicate Xi’s calculation he can’t control supply by threats alone.

If he going to have a crack at Taiwan, Xi will have to strike before the US mid-term elections.  He needs at least two years of an enfeebled and incompetent United States.  I think he likely will hit Hawaii with an intercontinental nuclear missile strike on the same day he invades Taiwan.  Hawaii will be a ‘keep out of my back yard’ message to the US and a ‘do as you’re told’ message to Taiwan and Australia.

History is full of repetitions.  E.g. the killing of John the Baptist, the killing of Jesus Christ, the metaphorical killing of President Trump.

This essay draws on a multitude of historical repetitions:

Who will be the Churchill of the United States?   Who will be the traitorous Lord Halifax?                                  

Hitler, Stalin and Hirohito managed to slaughter 60,000,000 people over five years.   What will Xi’s tally be?  My guess is somewhere between three and five hundred million.

What will be the trigger which sets China off on World War Three?  A recession? Some perceived insult resulting in ‘loss of face?’

What will bring the headlong rush to war to a halt?

The assassination of Xi.  

Someone had better call Mossad.

Russia China

Written by adolffinkensen

July 12, 2021 at 2:25 pm

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The Reliably Illiterate Skynews

Sydneysiders bunker down as Premier issues grim warning for unvaccinated

No doubt they’ll get bored of chomping at the bit while they watch Covid wrecking havoc on local businesses.

I wonder who their education correspondent might be.

Written by adolffinkensen

July 10, 2021 at 12:11 pm

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What’s The Difference Between Bankers…

…and wankers?

Wankers know what they’re doing.

Westpac sells NZ life insurance business

Westpac agrees to sell its NZ life insurance arm.Picture: NCA NewsWire / James Gourley

Westpac has signalled a gain on the sale of its New Zealand life insurance unit to Fidelity Life Assurance Company for $NZ400m ($373m), as it also weighs final bids for its larger Australian life division.

Westpac announced the sale in an ASX statement on Tuesday, highlighting it had also entered a 15-year distribution agreement with Fidelity for life insurance products to the bank’s customers. Completion of the deal remains subject to regulatory and other approvals and is expected by the end of 2021.

Thirty years ago I was a life broker in NZ when the banks muscled into the life business to make their fortunes. A wise old fellow told me then ‘They’ll fuck it up.’ And they did.

Bankers don’t understand insurance and insurers don’t understand banking.

That’s why you didn’t see insurance companies rushing into the banking business.

Written by adolffinkensen

July 6, 2021 at 2:59 pm

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How New Zealand should deal with China

This post follows on from a comment made by my co-blogger, The Veteran, in his post on China:

Tom … cheap shot in the context of ACT’s penchant for unloading cheap shots on National. Guess that’s part of your strategy for growing the vote … might just backfire one day. But there’s nothing but nothing in all your writings to suggest a pathway forward in our dealings with China …waiting.

Fair enough, although my hands-off approach to commenting on New Zealand is one reason I’ve not done this before, and I doubt that the ACT Party will be much better than National or Labour on the China issues.

Also to be fair, it’s the Green Party that has been more prominent in speaking out on various China issues over the years, but by the same token I don’t expect anything concrete from them when they join Labour in government post 2023, given how they’ve caved to Labour on various matters in recent years.

So, to some ideas for how New Zealand can deal with China.

  1. Focus on slowly reducing our exposure to them in exports and imports. Sure, this is easier said than done but I think the focus must be on increasing our export/import trade with other nations, starting with getting that Free Trade agreement with a Britain newly liberated from the EU. Deliberately trying to shrink our trade with China is not likely to work so the emphasis has to go on building trade with other nations so that our proportion with China shrinks.
  2. Increase the frequency and volume of our diplomatic work with the nations facing China. The diplomatic side is symbolism but that’s damned important: make the Chinese observe that we’re getting on well with nations that they are attacking, like Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, and especially India. By the same token start restricting our meetings with the Chinese and make them as cold and technical as hell. No more warm fuzzies in public. There’s no need for bad-tempered, Trump-style attacks, just a cold shoulder combined with warmth towards nations they’re unhappy with.
  3. Increased defence associations with those same countries. If there’s a military exercise involving them, join it in every possible way: Army, Navy, Air Force. Again, this is not being militaristic (whoever would believe that about NZ nowadays), it’s a matter of making it crystal clear to the CCP that we’re not on their side.
  4. We often boast about our ability to work behind the scenes on big, global issues so let’s do that by trying to persuade the likes of the EU, Britain, the USA and other rich countries to start helping out those nations in Africa and elsewhere that have found themselves getting in coercive hock to the Chinese. We’ve long claimed that we can be seen as an “honest broker” with the smaller, less-developed nations of the world so we work on that side of the same solution to bring them to the table (a quiet backroom table away from the cameras) with the rich folk. It’s not as if those nations are still unaware of the infrastructure stunts China has pulled on them so they should be attentive as we try to build some speed bumps into the Belt and Road initiative.
  5. Criticise those US corporations and entities – especially the likes of Hollywood and the NBA – that are crawling on their bellies to the CCP for access to all those hundreds of millions of potential customers. New Zealanders love America-bashing so there’s little downside and in case you have not noticed, young people are not particularly impressed with Hollywood nowadays anyway.
  6. Put the squeeze on the New Zealand influencing operations of outfits like the Confucius Institutes. They’re nothing more than a CCP propaganda front in the education field.
  7. Clean up our laws on electoral donations to eliminate, or at least reduce, the possibility that CCP money is being laundered into the NZ political scene via Chinese businesses and their connections to NZ businesses. I’m sure this will give China apologist Michael Barnett (Executive Director of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce) a bad dose of the squirts but that’s just a plus in my view.

    The “Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry” may have sounded like a snickering insiders joke at first (wink, wink) but it’s not funny any longer.

Speaking of funny, if we did desire to be slightly more assholish to the CCP we could always trigger them by having this map displayed in a few key spots – Motorway billboards perhaps.

And with a great sense of timing here’s a Substack article that partially covers this, Why Republicans Must Rethink Antitrust:

In the early 1990s, we were reliably informed by neoliberal economists, including the Chicago School, that if China were allowed to engage in free trade and join multilateral organizations that the country would gradually democratize and embrace America as the world’s only superpower.

“We know now that this theory missed the mark by a wide margin. Instead of democratizing, China became a surveillance state (thanks in large part to the U.S. internet). Contrary to the Chicago School theory, China never engaged in free or fair trade. Three million jobs shipped from the U.S. to China over the past twenty years — and our children get defective toys and contaminated baby formula.

I once believed those things too. I no longer do. If the National Party wishes to continue living in 1980-2000 period then they face a Mitt Romney future.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

It’s That Damned Global Warming Again!

A polar blast is heading across NSW and Victoria. Picture: BOM/Sky
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Inland temperatures have been 10C to 12C colder than average on Thursday morning, while coastal parts of the state have shivered through a morning 5C to 7C below average.

Written by adolffinkensen

June 10, 2021 at 11:48 am

Fire and Brimstone

Today I heard an amusing anecdote about a Catholic parish in Melbourne.

The time was somewhere in the early sixties and the parish encompassed a large swathe of the country which supported and contributed players to the Collingwood Football Club. (Readers should clue themselves up to the nexus between Collingwood FC, gambling and the Catholic Church by going here .)

One day a feisty old priest delivered a sermon on the virtues of giving to the church.

“I’ve noticed over the last few weeks that Sunday collections are down. Remarkably, during the same period, Collingwood has not had a win. Parishioners are reminded gambling is a sin.

If you must gamble, gamble on God, not on Collingwood.”

Adolf could have written that sermon himself!

My informant was ten years old at the time and has never forgotten the moment .

Written by adolffinkensen

June 6, 2021 at 9:32 pm

Posted in Australia, Humour, Religion