30 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

  1. Steph Pinker

    Apparently, Census 2022 will not include any questions regarding Covid-19; however, will Census enumerators have to be vaccinated to fulfill the onerous duty of delivering said forms as a p/t nixer for only E3000?

    Conclusion: possibly – if only with a 3 month booster, VHI, Medical Card and a local from the mountains who’s a 7th son of a 7th son. Otherwise, the Census dates in the future will grow wheels – welcome to the future…

    1. Steph Pinker

      … speaking of the future, maybe it’s time for BS to publish another [hard copy] *Buke* with the assistance of an archivist… and a publisher, obviously. It could be an anthology of comments submitted by BS commenters regarding controversial Irish and world history since 2010? Usernames don’t have to be included or attached to said comments but it would make for interesting reading – not to mention prophetic in some cases.

      P.S. Some of Niall Murphy’s web comics might lessen the burden :)

    2. Redundant Proofreaders Society

      The health questions on the Census deal with long-lasting conditions. If ‘long Covid-19’ is confirmed as a medical condition, it may feature in the data collection, but probably not.

      We could move to a hybrid model of online completions plus traditional method if there are still health guidances by April. Instead of collection, the forms could be dropped to Post Offices instead of collection – for those that can’t handle online methods.

        1. Micko


          123 thousand cases in November alone.

          90 people dead. Majority aged over 70.

          Only 3 people a day on average

          With figures like that and the panic around it. It has to be a religion.

          1. Micko

            Vaccination – sure.

            But masking and social distancing? Come on ya fupp will ya.

            Yeah. 40 thousand people at Croke Pk hopping all over the place.

            Countless people at clubs and gigs every night jumping all over each other

            Cian thinks there’s social distancing going on and occasionally wearing a piece of cloth when you go to the bar is keeping people safe?

            It’s either a Religion or you’re stupid.

            Pick one.

          2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

            no distancing on public transport anymore either,
            have you seen the Luas ?

          3. Micko

            Yup J. Mental stuff

            Also I see on the Indo there that the Gov are “rushing through” extensions of the pandemic powers until the middle of next year.

            And of course anyone who isn’t happy about that is a right wing nut job. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  2. GiggidyGoo

    Anyone find it odd that, up until very recently, children weren’t a cohort that caught covid in large number and weren’t considered a threat, but that when ‘vaccines’ are now authorised for them they suddenly are a cohort that have become large with ‘covid through the roof’?
    (same thing happened with 18 year olds when vaccines were authorised for the 18 year olds)

    1. Tom J

      No, because all the schools were closed, so now they are open it was obvious it was going to happen.

      1. Hank

        You’re (possibly willfully) missing the point. Throughout the past 20 months, scientists and medical professionals have continuously said that children appeared to be pretty much immune from Covid.
        They were immersed in the general population just like everyone else during this period but their age group just wasn’t seeing cases of Covid.
        In households where parents had Covid, their children still weren’t getting infected.
        So, your theory that it’s because schools have reopened and they’re around other kids makes little sense.

          1. SOQ

            Yup- that’s about it- children’s vaccine passports on the way.

            They’re not even bothering to make an argument as to why children need these experimental gene concoctions.

          2. hmmm

            [In the UK] Between week 39 and 42, a total of 100.160 COVID-19 cases were reported among citizens of 60 years or older. 89.821 occurred among the fully vaccinated (89.7%), 3.395 among the unvaccinated (3.4%) [[3]]. One week before, the COVID-19 case rate per 100.000 was higher among the subgroup of the vaccinated compared to the subgroup of the unvaccinated in all age groups of 30 years or more. In Israel a nosocomial outbreak was reported involving 16 healthcare workers, 23 exposed patients and two family members. The source was a fully vaccinated COVID-19 patient. The vaccination rate was 96.2% among all exposed individuals (151 healthcare workers and 97 patients). Fourteen fully vaccinated patients became severely ill or died, the two unvaccinated patients developed mild disease [[4]].


      2. GiggidyGoo

        @Tom Give the dates the schools were closed over the past 20 months, and then look at the dates they were open, and point me to the place where pupils were considered a threat during those opening times in the manner they are considered to be now.

        1. Nigel

          ‘considered a threat’

          I think you mean point to the places where infections in schools started to increase, which was mostly during the course of the current surge, and which the government tried very hard to pretend wasn’t happening. I realise you’re just grinding your political axe as usual, but come on. Lambast the government for not sorting out ventilation in schools the way they didn’t increase ICU capacity setting us up for this wave to be worse than it had to be, not granting them extraordinary powers of byzantine and incomprehensibly moivated scheming to force kids to get vaccinated.

          1. hmmm

            The man from the Babylon Bee thinks the human immune system is a myth and the government can provide your children with a better one (on a subscription basis with regular updates).

            Don’t question “the science”.

            Ignore the hearts attacks and ADE…

            Dems a cOnSpIrAlOoN

          2. Nigel

            Apparently I’m wrong to think that the human immune system is not completely indestructble and utterly invulnerable and can be helped through the application of modern medicine. Silly me.

            Ignore the 5.2 million dead people. So far.

          3. hmmm

            How many dead Mr Babylon Bee? How many survived?

            What’s the IFR of Coronavirus? 0.1%?

            Where did you get your 5 gorrillion number from? Was it Uranus?

            You remember when Italy reduced their COVID death toll by 97%?

            Do you still count those?

            Leave the children alone Nigel – this is not the first time you have targeted them.

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