64 thoughts on “Friday’s Papers

    1. Charger Salmons

      You live in Melbourne cobber.Last I heard it was like a scene from Blade Runner.I wouldn’t keep worrying yourself silly over Blighty if I was you.Although with all those Draconian restrictions out there and your hard-left Premier Comrade Dan Andrews throwing civil liberties out of the window there’s probably not much else for you to do apart from eating your own toe-nails.


      1. Listrade

        “Last I heard it was like a scene from Blade Runner”
        Which scene though? The Pris Stratton Pleasure Model replicant? Where we find out that the Nexus 6 is devoid of human emotions and empathy? Where we find out that replicants have found a way to pass the Voight-Kampff test and so can pass for humans making it impossible to determine a genuine person from one an artificial one? Or maybe the overall theme of where Deckard becomes progressively dehumanised in his pursuit of a perceived enemy while the so-called “enemy” ends up displaying the most human and humane emotions and behaviour?

        1. Nigel

          “You’re in a park, walking along in the grass, when all of a sudden you look down and and you see a tortoise, Charger. It’s crawling towards you. You reach down and you flip the tortoise over on its back, The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs, trying to turn itself over but it can’t, not without for your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that Charger?’

  1. f_lawless

    Over in the UK the endgame is starting to be revealed: the UK government’s plans to get uptake of their digital ‘freedom passports’ by the public at large via the implementation of mass on-the-spot testing.

    According to the British Medical Journal the government plans ‘point to enforcing testing “via a sanction-based model” or through “offering individuals opportunities/access from being tested,” such as being able to attend events.’.
    – ie unless you opt in to these digital passports, you’ll be excluded from society

    The BMJ says ‘it is repeatedly noted (in the government documents) that “new types of test are likely to be less accurate [than PCR], introducing some level of risk.” ‘


    PCR testing is already proving an unreliable tool to base public health policy on. Mass on-the-spot testing is likely to add further noise and heighten confusion and fear levels among the public.

    I think it’s reasonable to assume that the Irish government is also on board with similar plans for mass uptake of so called digital health passports. I suspect ‘project fear’ will show no sign of abating any time soon. Can’t help feeling here’s a certain level of co-ordination about all of this.

    Whether the Irish government themselves have bought into the myth that the implementation of such a plan is for the common good or whether they can in some way see the insidiousness of it all, is debatable. But in any case, I think the warnings of Italian contemporary philosopher Georgio Agamben are becoming more credible as time passes: western societies are being ushered into a “new normal” era of heightened surveillance and social control with diminished human rights and civil liberties all justified under the pretext of protecting life.

    1. Formerly Known As @ireland.com

      The British response to the virus should not be copied by any other country. If this is some conspiracy to perform mass surveillance, why would they want people to wear masks? Why have so many parts of Australia been allowed to go virus free, if the world government has decided that now is the time to control us all?

    2. Kim The Cardassian

      Lizards don’t catch human viruses yet Bojo caught Corona. Doesn’t that fly in the face of your lizard people conspiracy theory?

  2. GiggidyGoo

    FFG’s meat baron friends riding roughshod over peoples health, with the blessing of Varadkar, Martin and Ryan. My oh my.
    That industry alone – how many have been added to hospitalizations.?

      1. GiggidyGoo

        The beef industry is a noted FFG one for favoritism. . Coveney’s brother for instance is a big player in it. Goodman…etc. etc.

          1. dav

            All you’ve done is put up a series of flight between Munich and Casement and stated the Air Corps are busy. You’ve offered nothing else and instead invite us to choose our own adventure.

          2. GiggidyGoo

            Just showing you that they’re using the aircraft they’ve purchased – there was a discussion on them yesterday. I don’t remember posting that the aircraft were using masks though. Are you that hard up for ideas?

          3. SOQ

            You accusing me of being a conspiracy theorist when the main proponent of mask wearing in Ireland has now stated that they don’t work?

            Defection much?

  3. Charger Salmons

    I hear Frau Merkel fancied a takeaway from Abrakebabra and ordered Mehole to deliver it personally.
    But actually it was just a clever smokescreen as she wanted a sconce at the upcoming Budget before giving her approval.
    Mehole delivered it to her between his butt-cheeks while shuffling backwards and bent over into the room.
    He got to eat the Abrakebabra himself while waiting outside chatting to a couple of cleaners.
    They told him to make sure he took the wrapper home with him on his Airfix model plane.

    1. bisted

      …tut tut…GCHQ have been hacking Angelas phone again…you promised the CIA you wouldn’t do that until you had sent Assange to them…

    2. GiggidyGoo

      SHI Troubles early today Charger?
      You Sure Have Inferiority Troubles when all you can think to do while you’re in your distant 3000 mile Walter Mitty world is Ireland and the EU.
      tsk tsk

    3. V AKA Frilly Keane

      Now you’re just chringie Charage
      Pull your socks up bhoy

      The Chancellor only has to tap the shoulder of the Eurogroup President
      (Pascal Donohue btw)
      To get a goo at Budget ’21

      Yet you were determined to make your case with the use of kebabs and a Frau

      And from a troll Account who’s mandate is to convince the Paddys that they/ we are the ones with the inferiority complex

      Sad Sad Sad

      To use a quote I gathered from Ivor Cummins yesterday
      Judge me in the end

  4. Charger Salmons

    I feel sorry for the Irish Times’ London Editor Denis Staunton.
    Not only does he have a face like a crocodile-clipped scrotum but he has to live and work in a country he clearly loathes.
    Remember, this is the hack who compared the impudence of a Cockney cabbie calling him mate to the Black and Tans burning Cork.I kid you not.
    Week in, week out he vomits bile of unspeakable nonsense for the folks back home.
    This week’s desperate effort is no different.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      it’s an entertaining little lark of a read, in my opinion

      and I’d forgotten this:

      When Tennessee Williams visited England in 1948 he wrote to his friend James Laughlin with a harsh assessment of the country and some of his hosts.

      “England is a great and indefinable horror like a sickness that has not been diagnosed but drains the life from you. The upper classes are hypocritical, cold and heartless,” he wrote.

      “They entertain you lavishly for the weekend. On Monday you get a little note enquiring if you stole a book from them.”

      but its amusing and on the button

          1. Listrade

            @janet “a bastard language of german, french and norse, how appropriate”

            That’s unfair. When England surrendered to the Normans in 1066, the ruling classes quickly switched to speaking French for a century or so. Twas the poor who kept what was then English going.

          2. Janet, dreams of big guns

            I love how all the animal words are original and yet when cooked become French, proving cuisine became a thing
            eg : pig/ pork. cow/beef sheep/ mutton

            also I enjoy that the Indian word curry actually means to cook in old english

            that’s me off down my Friday morning rabbit hole, I may pick up some rabbit in the polish shop for supper

          3. Janet, dreams of big guns

            ( well not really cuisine became a thing that’s a little glib, more like the poor didn’t eat much meat )

          4. Charger Salmons

            Imagine spending your entire school life learning a language that you can’t speak.
            Imagine having to turn down the TV commentary on a rugby match in an Irish pub and relying on a two-second delayed BBC radio commentary to understand what’s going on.
            Imagine wasting over a billion euros a year unsuccessfully trying to revive a dead language that’s only spoken by boggers.
            Imagine having to speak the ” bastard ” language of a foriegn oppressor to get served at your local Tesco.

            Heh x begorrah.

          5. Janet, dreams of big guns

            interestingly the fact that most Irish people are used to two languages makes a third much easier to learn, you’ll find the Irish easily pick up spanish, french, urdu whatever they turn their hand to unlike their english pals who’s minds are frozen from a young age into one way of sentence construction, they end up just shouting a little louder in english and if they do scrape up another language they always think and dream in english as they don’t have the flexibility to think in two languages,
            its a bit like gymnastics if you don’t start young you’ ll never be truly supple

        1. ian-oh

          Imagine coming onto an Irish website to give out about how crap Ireland is.

          You must have little to be doing.


          1. Janet, dreams of big guns

            charger is Irish, he’s a fiction of a failed actors dream probably, who thinks it’s his art to create a persona, maybe they condescendingly think he spurs us to debate etc…

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      Just heard a man on the radio talking about his dad who went out for a meal for his birthday last week. He’s now in an induced coma and none of his family can see him. But yeah, it’s just a flu.

    2. SOQ

      1 into ICU,1 out of ICU= no net gain.

      6 hospital admissions and 2 discharged= net gain of 4

      1 fatality sadly- possibly from ICU.

      All in line with European numbers which are so small you’d need a magnifying glass.

      1. Cian

        The numbers are going up. The are currently still low, but they keep rising.

        In March/April (no lockdown) we went from 80 in hospital to 656 within two weeks!

        Now, with lockdown (and probably greater immunity) they are going up more slowly.

        And you want to stop lockdown? Do you want to go back to 600 in hospital?

          1. GiggidyGoo

            Yep. Cian started his daily updates of hospital figures two weeks ago approximately. No doubt the frapers have received their instructions to try garner support for their hero. Didn’t work last time mind you.

          2. SOQ

            @ Cain- things are definitely getting worse-

            How many people have missed cancer diagnoses?

            How many people have committed suicide?

            How many people have lost their jobs?

            How many people are on the edge of bankruptcy?

      2. Daisy Chainsaw

        Grand. Let’s just get on with culling/involuntary euthanising old and sick people so you can go to the pub.

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            And anti maskers like yourself are intent on continuing the killings because it’s inconveniencing you.

  5. Q Celt

    Ireland has always been run for the benefit of large farmers, beef barons are the same ilk as the grain farmers during the great hunger

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