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How They Laughed……

……… a couple of weeks ago!

Premier Gladys Berejiklian: McKinnon Political Leader of the Year 2019 |  McKinnon Prize

Australia’s media and other lefties that is, on the resignation of Liberal Party NSW premier, Gladys Berejeklian (widely regarded as the sanest of all the state premiers) because she was to be the subject of an enquiry by the so-called Independent Commission Against Corruption (Never mind the fact there was no allegation of corruption – no, just an enquiry into her ‘ethics!’).

Fast forward two weeks to Victoria where its Commission is tearing apart the state and federal Labor Parties, limb by limb. With hard evidence of illegal branch stacking, one state minister has resigned, while the federal deputy leader and the incompetent state premier have been seen to be right in the middle of the shenanigans. You can’t help laugh when federal deputy leader Marles fronts a thousand dollar per head fund raiser only to find the proceeds were used to pay for the subscriptions of hundreds of new Labor branch members in key electorates.

Federal leader Albanese has been spotted buying large buckets of Gaviscon.

The silly buggers might as well have given the money to the Mongrel Mob.

Written by adolffinkensen

October 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm

A FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN HIGH PLACES?

Or a system that destroys the innocent and little else to show as a result.

New South Wales the leading state for economic success in the Australian Federation has ICAC.

Four decades ago in response to some dodgy dealings under then former premier Neville Wran, Nick Greiner established “The independent watchdog ICAC, independent commission against corruption, and guess what, its first scalp was Greiner himself although later the allegations failed when placed under the natural laws of justice.

Successful in ending the corrupt Eddie Obeid involvement along with his family in NSW politics its extra judicial efforts have ended a succession of politicians careers often having those crucified largely by just being named as under investigation in forcing resignations later being found to have been exonerated in later actual judicial process. Just resigned Premier Gladys Berejiklian is a latest victim, her offending was to have been in a never revealed relationship with a dodge Ex state MP, Ex Liberal member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Mcguire, She is now said to be in a relationship with the Brief who held her hand in appearances before ICAC last year , SC Arthur Moses.

The list of scalps later found in courts to be “not guilty” although having little chance of resuming a political career is getting to a point where even political enemies of those so done in are asking questions. Greiner was later exonerated totally as was former Premier Barry O’Farrell. Another judged to have been wrongly destroyed was former State Government Whip Andrew Cornwell. The awesome powers sans normal rules around witness statements and due process is rapidly seeing the well intentioned commission being questioned, as merely being publically named as involved in an investigation is enough to end careers.

The ending of Eddie Obeid remains a flag bearer success for ICAC but the collateral damage is troubling to many on all sides of the political landscape. Some fascinating reading though.

Of course the NZ situation is under the Privileges Committee Jurisdiction but in the current toxic aura with the worst speaker in NZ’s short history in charge, things need some more sunlight to actually perform any useful outcomes for protecting against corruption.

However ICAC seems a step too far.

Written by Gravedodger

October 6, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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We’re never going back to normal

At least according to a senior Australian health official.

It won’t matter if you’re vaccinated, double-jabbed or whatever apparently, even to levels of 80% or more in the eligible population. The future will be one of Covid-19 booster shots forever, masks indoors and outdoors, social distancing, and with the occasional lockdown thrown in anyway – just in case.

We’ve had similar language used here in New Zealand by Professor Michael Baker

“University of Otago epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker told Stuff we may never return to level 1, with mask wearing becoming a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future.”

“Unfortunately this is the new reality,” he said.”

“There isn’t a utopia of living with the virus in the future. It may be quite grim.”

… so I guess the following could be our future as well.

What’s the limiting principle here? How much tyranny is acceptable in the name of “saving lives,” and where does it end?

Based on what I’ve seen and heard of our politicians here, our Public Health leaders, senior police and 75% of the voters, plus the uselessness of our Bill of Rights and the courts who make judgements on it, I think what we’re seeing in Australia is in our future as well.

Double Standards & Changing Narratives

Just another in an endless list of examples of how the narratives change depending on who is in power and what objectives they’re pursuing.

The focus here being on Australia, which continues its descent into Stasi-world.

Let’s start with stuff in New South Wales, whose State government I have been assured is a “Liberal” one with more of a “hands-off” policy than all those nasty socialists…

… followed by the real McCoy in Socialist Victoria.

Plus a bit of phone app tracking of you in South Australia where you get 15 minutes to prove to the government that you are where you say you are.

Culminating in scenes like this – because even after two burly cops have smashed a 70 year old woman to the ground and broken her hip you still need to pepper spray the fuck out of her. Just to be safe. She might have Covid-19.

It’s entirely predictable where the MSM will sit on this issue. As this compare and contrast does of the Guardian’s approach to two similar events with different bad guys.

Flashback: how “Public Health advocates” felt about protests during lockdowns in 2020 America (same here in NZ incidentally)

Thus, you can guarantee which photo the likes of The Guardian would support below.

It’s almost time to start playing that game Papers Please to get into shape for the questions.

Having had numerous people in the US talking about denying healthcare to unvaccinated folk, don’t be surprised if it also becomes more than talk.

Finally, a timetable for comparison. Readers can pick where New Zealand sits on this chart – and where we’re headed over time.

The Peasants Are Revolting

Given the Stasi language of the NSW Premier and her “Health” and “Police” authorities when it comes to controlling people in Sydney I was very surprised to see that the controls seemed to fall apart in the Eastern parts of the great city as the first hints of summer arrived…

This is Bondi beach.

In more news from the world of youth – where the Left has placed its bets since the 1960’s Counter Culture revolution, with never-ending cries of “The Young Are With Us”, “Right-Side-Of-History” and all that – it would appear that there are cracks appearing, especially when it comes to “President” Biden.

“FUCK JOE BIDEN” seems to have exploded across college football stadiums in the USA.

This seems to be happening all over, as even the MSM have noticed, not to mention the drooling moron himself (BTW, check out that last link that shows this vaccinated man still wearing a mask – outdoors).

It’s amusing to see Democrats respond by demanding respect for the office, and the separation of politics and sport. Too late guys. Enjoy the new rules you made.

Or you could just scream into the void, as Joe Biden did the other day at a 9/11 ceremony. The look on Obama’s face is priceless, as in “What are you thinking, man?”. But this is yet another example of Joe’s dementia; he isn’t thinking and can’t control his impulses.

I think this may replace the famous Old Man Yells At Clouds meme from The Simpsons. It certainly has that vibe.

Impfung Macht Frei

It is that sort of comparison that causes the opponents of the current Lockdowns to be ridiculed. And no, you won’t be able to convince me that basically I am (and just about everyone I know) is just the same as the Nazi SS.

That’s a quote from a commentator here a couple of weeks ago on my post about what was happening to Australian civil liberties, Civil liberties have gone to the dogs.

It was a direct response to this picture that I put at the end of the post, which is of course deliberately provocative in an effort to make people think about what they are enabling via their terrible fear.

So I was amused by this news out of the Prisoner Island the other day:

Members of the Orthodox Jewish congregation entered a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning and told police they wouldn’t leave until nightfall.

Police surrounded the front and back entrances of the building and took details of those who began to file out just after 8pm.

Initial reports suggested up to 100 people had attended.

“My advice is really clear to the people who were there last night – come forward, identify yourselves and allow us to process you through our systems and apply the law as it is today,” said Assistant Commissioner Russell Barrett 

I say amused because Black Humour is the only way to deal with this appalling shit.

The camps are called “Centres for National Resilience.” No word yet on what sort of motto will hang above their gates, but my the title of this post is a suggestion.

Also from the Victorian Premier, Dan Andrews:

He said those who choose not to be vaccinated were “making the wrong choice”.

“We’re going to move from a system where we’ve got everyone locked down to a situation where, to protect the health system, we’re going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” he said.

“This becomes absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, when we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”

Good old Public Healthcare eh? Where the State decides whether you’ll be taken care of or not. In the past the Left always laughingly dismissed as paranoid conspiracy theory any claims that such healthcare systems held the possibility of some future political leader or party using the system as a weapon against people who opposed its policies, much as old regimes used food as a weapon to force people to do what they told them to.

And now here we are. Similar suggestions are being made by media voices in the USA who have millions of viewers and are 100% partisans for the Democrat Party:

In any case has anybody told these fanatics that we now know that vaccinated people can spread the virus too? Look at Israel.

How this is seen outside of Australia is well captured by good old TDS-suffering National Review in When a Western Society Goes Insane:

Lockdowns have cut a swath through the norms and conventions of an advanced Western democracy, from the suspension of a state-level parliament to the banning of protests to military enforcement of the COVID rules.

The spirit of the lockdowns was perfectly captured a few months ago by the chief health officer of the state of New South Wales who warned, “Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others, to be friendly, unfortunately this is not the time to do that.”

Ah yes, the public-health threat of over-chattiness.

The Australian news media might as well be an arm of the public-health bureaucracy, producing stilted and hysterical reports about lockdown violators worthy of some dystopian future.

They do have some good news though:

This period in its national life stands as a warning for how easily core freedoms can erode away in even a well-established democracy, but Australia isn’t going to become a dictatorship.

Well at least not until the next such virus hits, which is a certainty, though I doubt we’ll see any need for Standartenführer Hans Landa to interrogate farmers since the unclean will already be locked up in one place.

The Truth shall set you free

One of the great things about our age is the tremendous amount of computer power available to ordinary people, enabling them to do the sort of work that even ten or twenty years ago would have required rooms full of servers costings millions of dollars.

Fifty years ago it would not have been possible to edit video without a building full of hard-wired machinery, plus a stack of experts.

But now, someone with a sense of fun and plenty of time on their hands can produce the following. Enjoy pricking the balloon of our pompous leading buffoons.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 2, 2021 at 5:18 pm

The end of the Zero-Covid policy?

Nothing comforts people so much as knowing they’re part of the same crowd. It’s a tribal thing rooted in our two million years of brain evolution.

You can see this even more clearly when one person is left stranded as the crowd moves on. Surprised, shocked, ill-at-ease, and wondering if she should follow the crowd on their new path.

NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, is rapidly becoming that lost soul.

Australia to end ‘covid zero’ policy:

Australia is set to end its “covid zero” policy after Prime Minister Scott Morrison determined that the country’s approach is not “sustainable” in the face of the more infectious COVID-19 delta variant.

The government will drop most restrictions once 80% of adults are vaccinated, which the government believes could happen by the end of the year, The Economist reported. Any further action would occur only after hospitals reached a point at which they could no longer cope with new cases, but will otherwise handle what they can.

The delta variant provided a new challenge for a nation that The Washington Post once labeled a “pandemic success story.” The nation responded to the variant by instituting what it called “circuit breakers”: any detected cases would result in a lockdown to stop the spread “at the beginning.”

However, Morrison on Aug. 23 said the current course of action was “not a sustainable way to live in this country.”

“Once you get to 70% of your eligible population being vaccinated, and 80% … the plan sets out we have to move forward,” Morrison said in a video address. “Because if not at 70% and 80%, then when? Then when? This cannot go on forever, this is not a sustainable way to live in this country.”

Maybe it was when the rescue dogs were shot?

Or maybe it was this, because unlike small businesspeople being destroyed and all that stupid stuff about economics and money that lead to the inevitable cries of “You just care about profits not grandma”, and other such emotive “arguments”, this is actually about death vs. death.

It’s not just at the Federal level either, Victoria gives up on COVID-zero.

Despite locking down hard and early, Victoria’s struggling to get on top of COVID case numbers and Premier Daniel Andrews says COVID-zero is no longer a possibility

Perhaps authoritarianism is just too exhausting for our modern Western politicians? It looks like it’s too much even for the ones in SIngapore:

Singapore has decided to give up on the dream of covid-zero and will instead learn to “live with the virus,” according to the country’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday. The decision comes despite the fact that Singapore has one of the highest covid-19 vaccination rates in the world, with 80% of the adult population fully vaccinated—second only to the country of Malta’s 82%.

Singapore, a country of roughly 5.7 million people, has been among a handful of countries that have pursued a strategy of completely eliminating covid-19, rather than just suppressing the virus. Other covid-zero countries over the past year have included New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Vietnam, and Australia.

“It is no longer possible to bring covid-19 cases down to zero, even if we lock down for a long time. Therefore, we must prepare for covid-19 to become endemic, like the flu or chicken pox,” Lee said on Sunday during a speech to commemorate the country’s National Day, according to a transcript from the Strait Times.

Meantime we await the success of the latest Level 4 lockdown in dealing with the Delta variant of the Chinese Xi Snot virus, which overseas data shows to be more infectious but less lethal than its Alpha parent.

Liberty Scott also has some questions that the MSM might consider asking the government. Here are just five of them:

  1. Is the real reason NZ has been slow in obtaining vaccines because it “didn’t want to compete” with others that needed it more, or was it just bureaucratic or political inertia?  After all, Australian PM Scott Morrison apologised for not ordering enough vaccines, why is NZ different? Is it because Pharmac didn’t order them?
  2. Isn’t the real reason contact tracing is a nightmare the complacency encouraged by having “kept Kiwis safe” with less than 10% QR code scanning and having planned not at all for a ramp up of contact tracing for a future lockdown? i.e. didn’t most people treat Level 1 as Level 0?
  3. Why wasn’t their planning for ramping up testing if there was another outbreak and why did vaccinations have to halt because there had been no planning to take into account vaccination in an outbreak?
  4. What is the basis upon which Cabinet decides to change Covid lockdown levels? Is it infection rate, is it case numbers, is it contacts? If there isn’t some objective basis to start from, how is this decision made?
  5. Why were frontline emergency workers not regarded as a priority for vaccination?

UPDATE (just for Wayne, who missed it the first time and hates Texas)

Written by Tom Hunter

September 2, 2021 at 11:00 am

Civil liberties have gone to the dogs

“The problem with Australians is not that so many of them are descended from convicts, but that so many of them are descended from prison officers” — Clive James

In New South Wales and Victoria at least, judging by the following various bits of news, including this:

Several impounded dogs due to be rescued by a shelter have instead been shot dead by a rural council in NSW under its interpretation of COVID-19 restrictions, alarming animal activists and prompting a government probe.

The reason for this is even more insane:

Bourke Shire Council, in the state’s north-west, killed the dogs to prevent volunteers at a Cobar-based animal shelter from travelling to pick up the animals last week, according to council’s watchdog, the Office of Local Government.

Despite the fact that the shelter volunteers had COVID-safe measures in place to handle the dogs, one of which was a new mother.

But perhaps the situation demanded it, after all, Polar explorers were known to have killed dogs for food.

According to NSW Health, there have been no recent locally acquired COVID-19 cases in Cobar, although fragments of the virus have been found in the area’s sewerage system.

Well yeah. That’s what the laboratory-specified PRC test will do. Run across an entire population it would likely find the remains of virus fragments from every virus you’ve ever caught.

Remember that the same sort of human beings who did this are the ones who have done the following:

Please spare me the excuse that there is a difference between the likes of the Premier’s of these states and low-level government officials of a rural council

Or for that matter ordinary people who have had their minds pushed into a world of paranoid fears by said government. Here in NZ we were having a discussion with our friends and neighbours a couple of days ago during a walk and found out that their son in his Canterbury university dormitory had been instructed to stay in his room between 11:59pm and 6:00am each night, as were all such residents. Not even a “bubble” on the floor, let alone the whole residence. Unlike the Auckland University situation there was not even a case.

The parents promptly got on the phone to the people in charge to find out what the hell was going on. They were especially concerned because they were already worried about their son, who seemed depressed, as many of the kids are at the moment in what was supposed to be the normally fun and exciting First Year of varsity.

The phone call rapidly went up the chain from the 19 year old, 2nd Year bloke in charge of the floor to the 24 year old manager of the whole complex, and then rapidly escalated as he huffed and puffed about the need for the team of Five Million to pull together, and got parents arguing how insane such a restriction was, plus threats to call the likes of Radio New Zealand and other media outfits if nothing changed.

Fortunately in this case, the manager backed off, and of course it was only his interpretation (and others in the “team”) of what a Level 4 Lockdown means.

Back in Australia the Prime Minister, perhaps sensing that things are starting to spin out of control, has announced that:

“We can‘t stay in the cave forever. That’s not sustainable,’’ he said.

“We have to move forward. We cannot hold back. Our task between that day and now is to ensure that we ready ourselves for that next phase.

“Cases will not be the issue once we get above 70 per cent. Dealing with serious illness, hospitalisation, ICU capabilities, our ability to respond in those circumstances, that will be our goal and we will live with this virus as we live with other infectious diseases. That’s what the national plan is all about, was always about, that’s how we designed it.”

With the rate currently at about 30% it’s going to be a while, perhaps a few more weeks, and that depends on how much the Australian public gets its back up about the whole situation:

Mr Morrison said he understood some would try and undermine the end to the lockdowns but it was now a case of “if not now, when?”.

“We must make that move and we must prepare to make that move and we must prepare the country to make that move,‘’ he said.

“The lockdowns now being endured are taking an extremely heavy toll both on the mental and physical health of Australians and on the economic success of Australia. It is taking a heavy toll and so they must only continue for as long as they are absolutely necessary and not a day more.

I like that Morrison’s adult approach lacked mention about “kindness”, “saccharine laced platitudes masquerading as announcements”, “waffling presentations” and all the rest of what Peter Dunne described as the “extraneous, embellishing drama” that is the New Zealand Prime Minister’s approach.

Given that I always thought that Dunne was a pompous windbag it’s saying something that even he’s reached his limit.

Meanwhile back in the land of Oz.

Leaving aside the crack at the mentality of Australians in that Clive James quote, don’t think for one moment that we’re not capable of the same level of insanity here, if we’re not there already.

Never Forget.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 24, 2021 at 5:39 pm

“An idea is like a virus,

…resilient, highly contagious and the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you”.

Ideas like lockdowns of entire national populations for example, even – or should I say especially – in Western democracies, having spread from the dominant global superpower, China.

Most Western democracies in fact, since “democracy” is increasingly something to chuckle about, especially at election time, rather like the term “post-Covid-19 world”.

Widely vaccinated Britain recorded 26,852 new cases on Tuesday. For New Zealand to experience a similar infection rate, it would need to record around 1,900 cases per day.”

The NZ government, the local MSM, and probably much of the population, would have heart attacks if we had 1900 cases per day. Mind you, that would remove the source of the virus – the idea virus that is.

Future Communist leaders will surely see that claiming a Public Health Emergency is much the most effective way of screwing over every other law of the land, mainly because it’s far superior to trying to do so via cultivating envy of your neighbour’s property or demonising capitalist counter-revolutionaries. With Public Health Emergencies you can actually enlist much of the population to be help as your willing executioners.

The sense of power and control over others is overwhelming, especially when added to self-righteousness. In the case of the talking-to-your-neighbours-will-kill-granny idea, that spread faster than the Delta virus from Australia to New Zealand. It had barely emerged from the mouth of the NSW Chief health wallah than it dropped out of the mouth of the New Zealand Prime Minister.

An idea is like a virus…

So to Australia, where it seems the natives are getting a bit restless, being locked up in their homes and all.

At least they were using pepper spray against adults this time, rather than 12-year old kids.

Beria would certainly have appreciated the following, although he may have thought the uniforms a bit too clunky.

You’d think you were watching a scene from some Middle Eastern dictatorship, but no, that’s Australia.

“Beachgoers sneaking out during Sydney’s Covid lockdown to soak up some winter sun have been sensationally lambasted by a hovering police helicopter,” The Daily Mail wrote. “Footage uploaded to TikTok shows officers in a chopper demanding sunbathers pack up and leave Gordon’s Bay … or be hit with fines for breaking stay-at-home orders.”

Remember: grandma could die if you step outside your homes and talk to your neighbours.

How about Germany?

Apparently Germany is going to introduce vaccine passports. Mind you they’ve got form on this sort of thing. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun stated that unvaccinated people, even if they test negative for Covid, would not be allowed to go to venues like restaurants, cinemas, or stadiums, because “the risk to everyone else is too high.”

I’m sure there are other anti-vaccination arguments that could be put forward, but announcements like that are probably the most effective of all.

France:

Some 3,000 security forces have been deployed around Paris in anticipation of more protests against the “health pass”, which will be required soon to enter restaurants and other places. The system — likened to vaccine passports — goes into effect on Aug. 9.

A teacher protesting in Paris told The Guardian that the health pass policy is creating segregation in France: “We’re creating a segregated society, and I think it is unbelievable to be doing this in the country of human rights. So I took to the streets; I have never protested before in my life … I think our freedom is in danger.”

I think you’re a bit late sweetie.

Italy:

… thousands of anti-vaccine-pass demonstrators marched in cities, including Rome, Milan, and Naples. Milan demonstrators stopped outside of the city’s courthouse chanting “Truth!” “Shame!” and “Liberty!” In Rome, they marched behind a banner reading “Resistance.”

Italian authorities have also approved the implementation of a health pass to enter bars, restaurants, and other venues. Critics of the measure argue that it’s draconian and infringes on basic personal liberties.

What’s the point of civil liberties and “freedum” if you’re dead: that’s the argument right?

English writer Mervyn Peake said “To live at all is miracle enough.” It’s a good line and I’ve quoted it for years, but but now I see merely to live at all is not enough, not nearly.

A caged bird is alive but without the freedom to fly the Limitless sky, it is denied everything that makes a bird in the first place. To be alive is not enough. What matters is to live in freedom. A bird is such a fragile creature. It’s really all and only about movement. Take away a bird’s movement and it’s a handful of feathers and air.