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TNow, I’d think that this is hardly worth mentioning but then sometimes I think that and people go: “Wow, I never thought about it like that!” or “Gee, I’d forgotten that!”

In the past few days, an “important message” appeared in my letterbox. It was addressed to the adult householder and sealed so while I was tempted to think that it was something akin to the old sealed section of Cleo and dismiss it, I thought I’d better open it just so I could assert that I was, indeed, an adult member of my household.

To my astonishment it was from Clive Palmer telling me the figures from the CDC in the USA which showed how dangerous vaccinations were…

At this point, I should once again point out that I’m always wary of statistics, particularly when they come from people with an agenda. For example, “Never go to hospital! More people have died in Australian hospitals than all the astronauts killed in space flights put together, and we all know how dangerous space travel is.”

So back to Clive Palmer. I happened to mention this booklet to a work colleague and they expressed the view that, while they hadn’t read it, it certainly confirmed all their worst fears about the vaccines. I simply asked them if they had any similar concerns when Palmer was pushing hydroxychloroquine. They had no memory of it.

“Yes,” I insisted, “last year he donated all this hydroxychloroquine to the federal government. I’m just wondering if he’s got a stockpile somewhere and he’s trying to get people worried about vaccines so that he can shift his stockpile.”

I was accused of falling for a conspiracy theory yet again.

“Yet again?”

“Yeah, like how you’ve embraced all this climate change stuff even though there’s no evidence that the polar ice is melting. That photo with the polar bear was staged, you know.”

“Where did you hear that?”

“I can’t remember but it was a very reliable source. And you’re just going along with this whole Covid thing without thinking about it.”

“Whereas those listening to Clive Palmer and Alan Jones are thinking for themselves?”

“Exactly. This Covid is no worse than the flu.”

“But the flu kills millions.”

“Yeah, but we don’t lockdown whole cities and quarantine and vaccinate people because of the flu.”

“Actually we do vaccinate people because of the flu.”

At this point I started to understand how Sky After Dark has an audience, but later on that day I had an even bigger epiphany.

The news followed a report on Gladys Berijiklian’s progress in getting Sydney’s Covid situation under control with a report about some group or other telling us that governments needed to work together on climate change action.

Now I know this is obvious but I couldn’t help but think how putting the two things together made what I’d generously call the Liberal way of preparing for the future. It’s surprisingly the same modus operandi.

  1. While other governments are taking precautions and shutting down, we want to keep things open. No need to reduce emissions/lock Sydney down until we’re sure there’s a problem.
  2. All right we can see a tiny problem here, but there’s no need to panic and shut down because we can just mitigate the effects and keep a strong economy while adopting a “Can do” attitude.
  3. Ok, it seems to be getting a little bit out of control and people want us to do something but we might just wait and see if it’s really out of control because there’s no point in doing something until we’re absolutely sure our actions will be balanced.
  4. Mm, this is a real worry we should do something but not too much because we don’t want to cost people too much. We need to balance the economy with people’s lives and work out which is more important in a given instance.
  5. Well, it’s all happening, so it’s really too late for prevention so we’ll just rely on people and businesses to do the right thing and hope that technology/vaccines can save us.

Like I said, it’s obvious really. I once said that when I first bought a home, I one day hoped to live in a million dollar property. Little did I realise that it would happen without me moving. I also imagined that it would be a beachfront property. Given the way climate change action is happening, that might also happen without me moving, too

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  1. leefe

    Laughing through the tears, here.

  2. Phil Pryor

    Every ducking fay, we get a photo of Crooked Glad Legge-Zaparte, nurturer of evil schemers, and our own follow up to faded Italian mediaeval ladies as a model for the “virgin”. (hah) Glad is a hujge DUD, a punter who bet much with a filthy bookie named S Morrison, known liar, deceiver and astrobullshitter. Glad has never got it right, because she listens to religious ratbags, shockshit radio, P V’Landys, assorted drillers, diggers, destroyers and dealers. How to “rule” when you are not havng a go…

  3. Phil Pryor

    It’s gone again, a comment into thin air, just like Morrison’s reputation…

  4. Roswell

    Hi Phil. I don’t see anything out the back. Is it the comment that now shows as being posted at 2:24 or is it a different one altogether?

  5. Terence Mills

    I’ve always found Clive Palmer to be a reliable source of medical information along with Donald Trump and Alan Jones.

  6. Arnd

    Rossleigh, you forgot point no. 6 of the Liberals’ Established Modus Operandi:

    Send in the army!

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jul/30/troops-enforcing-western-sydney-lockdown-will-alienate-community-advocates-warn

    It happend during the Northern Territory Intervention, during the last bushfire emergency, the Turning Back Of The Boats, the flailing vaccine (st)roll-out, and now the Western Sydney Intervention.

    It’s what they do when they run out of excuses and/or other diversionary tactics.

  7. Rossleigh

    Actually, Arnd, it happened with the Afghan and Iraq invasions too so it goes way back.

  8. Canguro

    Never underestimate the extent of stupidity, that uniquely human characteristic, despite the willingness of some to blame the animals.

    Or lying, another feature of ours (presuming here no budgies, moggies or woofers are reading this post). How is it a bloke like Alan Jones gets rich spinning porkies… is he such a ferocious character that no-one’s prepared to say ‘Jones, you’re full of shit. Pull your fucking head in, ya wanker.’

    Ellis had a proposition that the turds in the room rise to the top by virtue of being so obnoxious… examples abound, yes?

  9. wam

    Yes, waltz, but I am more cautious than you. I check your lot’s and CMO’s opinions with craig, fox and sky. There is nothing like being careful before forming an opinion?

  10. GL

    Scotty “It’s not a race.” from Marketing and Liar Extrordinnaire strikes again with some even more moronic slogans and bs:

    “Morrison couldn’t help himself this week as he rolled out a new slogan for his vaccination program. We are making “a gold-medal run all the way to the end of this year” he told us. “And, the sooner we get there, the sooner we get there.”

    When reminded on the Seven Network’s Sunrise program that he had previously said it was not a race, Morrison claimed he was referring to the approval process for the vaccines. “We were talking about the regulation of the vaccines. I’m not sure if people are aware of that.”

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/premiers-your-nation-needs-you-when-the-pm-s-positions-keep-mutating-20210730-p58ehy.html

    He can’t stand being pinned on anything and easily gets the shits.

  11. Pagnol

    Exactly. Thanks for putting it into words.

  12. skip

    The Washington Post reported:

    “‘I think the central issue is that vaccinated people are probably involved to a substantial extent in the transmission of delta,’ Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University epidemiologist, wrote in an email after reviewing the CDC slides.

    “‘In some sense, vaccination is now about personal protection — protecting oneself against severe disease. Herd immunity is not relevant as we are seeing plenty of evidence of repeat and breakthrough infections.’”

    Since January, people who got infected after vaccination make up an increasing portion of hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths among COVID patients, according to the CDC documents. That trend coincides with the spread of the Delta variant.

    The Post also reported today on a CDC study revealing three-fourths of people infected in a Massachusetts COVID outbreak were vaccinated. The report bolsters the hypothesis that vaccinated people can spread the more transmissible variant, and may be a factor in the summer surge of infections.

  13. STEVE

    YES!

  14. BB

    Here goes another test comment as my comments do not appear anymore.
    Vanished into thin air like Phil’s and who knows who else.
    I have sent a few enquiries to ‘Contact the AIM”, but no response.
    Seems there are internet gremlins creeping into everywhere now.
    Maybe the Covid virus has got them….
    lol

  15. Michael Taylor

    BB, I’ll get our web host to look into it again. I thought it had been fixed, but it didn’t appear to last long.

    Haven’t received any emails. Something else must have broken when we changed servers. I’ll check it out in the morning.

  16. totaram

    Just to let everyone know: we don’t respond to skip, because we know it’s all lies. Check for yourselves though.:-)

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