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‘Tis the season to be …

I don’t know how to finish the sentence.

Perhaps these will fit;

‘Tis the season to be exhausted. Yes, that might work. We’re all exhausted from the political road we’ve travelled over the last ten years.

‘Tis the season to be thankful. That one might work too. We’re thankful that the sufferings off people in far off lands are not at our door.

‘Tis the season to be bewildered. Yep, bewildered at the inequality the world over where, for example, the ultra wealthy spend billions to boost their egos while children die of hunger.

‘Tis the season to be un-surprised. Let’s face it, nothing surprises us anymore.

‘Tis the season to be relieved. We can all take down our paintings of talking eagles.

‘Tis the season to be woke. No explanation necessary. Woke works for us.

‘Tis the season to be gobsmacked. Let’s face it, when aren’t we gobsmacked because of conservative stupidity?

I dunno. I’m stumped. I don’t know what to use.

Oh, here’s a thought:

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Yes, let’s be jolly.

So a jolly good Christmas to our writers, admin, moderators, donators, commenters and readers.

Michael and Carol.


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  1. margcal

    Best wishes to you both for Christmas and the New Year.

    Thanks for 2022. I didn’t read or comment as often as I have sometimes done previously. During parts of the year I got busy being a teal. Great fun, great result!

    Vote Independent! 😊

  2. Phil Pryor

    May the whole silly circle of scribbling, dribbling, fiddling, diddling, deviational diehard dreamers thrive and prosper.., best wishes.

  3. wam

    Pearl Bay, Jolly is alive and well in Aust. Say what you mean now and deny the meaning latter.
    The poms’ jolly is a holiday
    Get your jollies is to deposit your sperm
    Nah might give jolly a miss and stick with wishing you, Carol et al a happy(liver says no grog for merry) xmas.
    teal is independent??? Who got your cash???

  4. New England Cocky

    Tis the season to be thankful for AIMN, the huge effort that Michael & Carol put into this reliable opinionated independent news source that provides informed and balanced political opinion in a society where propaganda, spin and misinformation are the currency of major news corporations.

    A very big THANK YOU and Merry Christmas to all involved in AIMN and I trust that you receive every thing you wish for, and more than you deserve in 2023.

  5. RomeoCharlie29

    I echo all of the above, well not sure about WAM, but thanks for continuing to serve up thought-provoking pieces from such a diversity of opinion, and that includes the commenters. A particularly warm greeting to RJ36, beset by issues and(like me, and WAM) enjoying the wettest of times at the moment. It has indeed been a year to remember so let’s hope 2023 is one to remember for other reasons, but mostly a better deal for the poor and the homeless. I hope this is the year Labor remembers who it represents, not the fossil fuel companies, but those of us who just keep our heads above the economic waters, and particularly those slowly drowning below them. But a safe and contented festive season to all

  6. Kerri

    Merry Christmas Michael and Carol, thank you for all your hard work and sanity. 🌲

  7. LOVO

    ’tis the season to be….nappin’ after lunch, far la la la lar la zzzz 🍷

  8. Keith Woolsey

    Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the team👍

  9. Clakka

    Wow. Did lunacy reach a tipping point in 2018? From early 2019, for me, the world, the universe and everything, it was as if on a wild ride to oblivion. As I hung on for grim death, pandemic and conflagration would not be tempered by rhetoric, spin or bullshit. I took heed, scraped through, and hunkered down after reducing my footprint. Then this year it seemed even the chancers were going weak at the knees, as the mob began to turn from the darkness to the light on the hill, or reach for the blue sky.

    Then I found AIMN. Yay!

    Felicitations to you Michael and Carol, thank you, and to the contributors and commenters

  10. Michael Taylor

    I’m glad you found us, Clakka. You’re most welcome here. I enjoy your input.

  11. Anne Naomi Byam

    Wishing you Michael and Carol – a very Merry Christmas time, and very much a great and greater New Year. Thank you for your wonderful effort in keeping this news / information site going so very well. I don’t post comment so much anymore ( not fond of my laptop keyboard !! ), but I do read many of the contributions.

    Good wishes to all commenters, writers, readers and moderators for a happy, healthy and a very much improved New Year.

  12. Henry Rodrigues

    To one and all, writers, commentators, satirists, funny guys, with a very deep sigh of relief and barrels of satisfaction, for the final banishment of the ne’erdowells who have been a blight on the nation for the past decade. May we all gather again next year to heap more ordure on those who have sneered at, dismissed and laughed at the rest of the real Australians.

    The last laugh is the one we treasure the most.

    Many sincere wishes for 2023, to you and your dear ones.

  13. Vera

    For me, sanity prevails when I press the button to the AIMN. This site, like a few others keep me grounded.
    Thank you Carol and Michael for the many news and articles over the many years.
    Many good wishes for a better 2023 to both of you.

    Apropos TEAL,
    Any change is better than none at all….. welcome to the fold, as we hope for a brighter and better future – you might just
    help to tip the scale back ( even if it’s minute) to the centre!

  14. pierre wilkinson

    thank you AIMN
    looking forward to more reading in the new year

  15. Michael Taylor

    Thank you. You’ve all been very kind. Carol and I are humbled.

  16. Canguro

    Thank you AIMN, Carol & MIchael et al, for this little island of sanity amid the oceans of internet dross, BS, misinformation, malevolence and nastiness. And a thorough endorsement of the above comments. Posters and essayists all, we’re privileged to be permitted participation within this community. All best wishes for the coming year. Canga.

    [delivered from Brisbane as the rain falls and the butcherbirds carol their glorious harmonies]

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