74 thoughts on “Saturday’s Papers

  1. Dr.Fart

    any number of things the government waste millions on, and they flat out refuse to equip schools with protection, the most covid hit places in the country. They refuse to listen to the facts on schools because they don’t want to admit fallacy. Exactly the type of people you don’t want in charge during public crisis.

  2. Micko

    When voting on extending the emergency powers “indefinitely” Michael McNamara asks “how long will the emergency powers around Covid last?”

    He gets the response “until the people are safe”

    Safe…. ?

    We are feckin screwed.


    1. f_lawless

      “If we’re talking about locking down and restricting essential freedoms until the end of Covid, well then we’re talking about forever because nobody is suggesting that Covid will come to an end .. Or are we going to impose these restrictions until we face the end of liberal democracy as we know it?”

      I remember when McNamara did his Broadsheet Q & A back in October 2020, the question I had thought to put to him was: “Is 2020 the year when liberal democracy was finally killed off?” I didn’t in the end, deciding it was a bit too inflammatory.

      *wry grimace emoji*

          1. johnnny

            …oh i’d say you’re convinced quite a few people with your wit and wisdom,that they do in fact serve a purpose,kinda like a monday morning quaterback,or about as useful.

    2. U N M U T U A L

      Thu 12/2/2021 Vietnam…

      120 children hospitalized, province suspends Pfizer vaccine batch.

      Thanh Hoa has suspended the use of a Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine batch after over 120 students were hospitalized following their inoculation.

      Over the past week, three children have died following their vaccination with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in Bac Giang, Hanoi and Binh Phuoc. The cause of death has been determined as “overreaction to the vaccine.”

      Full article below…


      1. benblack

        Dumping particular batches on poorer nations while clinically examining the results.

        Real life human trials – why not, completely indemnified against liability.

        John le Carré wrote about this happening in Africa many moons ago – ‘The Constant Gardener’.

        It’s the way Pharma companies operate – and have always operated.

        1. U N M U T U A L

          The article I posted also mentions those other deaths.

          …Last week, four workers in Thanh Hoa’s Kim Viet Shoe factory died following their Vero Cell Covid-19 vaccination, also due to “overreaction.”

  3. BagOcans Guevara

    Has anyone seen the flu?
    I think I lost it around here sometime in 2019?
    This bull is never going to end is it?
    History doesn’t always repeat, but it shure feckin rhymes
    Like it rhymes with 1930s Germany tbh

  4. Jerry

    Well with all the redundancies one will soon be able to buy a pub for a song to be the next chump with its neck on the block
    Come 2022 there will not be a toilet open left in rural Ireland

    1. E'Matty

      They are deliberately destroying rural life. They want us all corralled into “Smart cities” where they can exercise absolute control over every aspect of our lives. Rural communities also tend towards greater self sufficiency and that’s verboten. Total State dependency enables much greater control.

      1. Kali

        I wouldn’t be too sure about that. The wfh is moving people out of cities and back to the country. The new ‘towns’ that are building up in Dublin are nothing but thousands of apartments/houses with a spar thrown in. Rural Ireland has definitely been ignored in the past few decades but I’d like to think the next boom could start to turn the tables and the migration from cities to country villages will see more businesses and amenities located outside cities

  5. Imelda Maybe

    Does anyone know what time the Covid United versus Antivax Gladbach derby kicks off on Broadsheet so that I can avoid it for the rest of the weekend too?

    1. Bitnboxy

      The problem Imelda is that the ref on here has thrown his lot in (the whole kit and caboodle) with Anitvax Gladback which is why things get messy and the stands emptier and emptier.

      Still, your comment is one of the pithiest of late.

      Wise words indeed.

  6. SOQ

    Up north, John J McNally & Co Solicitors have lodged proceedings in the High Court in Belfast on behalf of the mother of a 13 year old child, challenging the Dept of Health’s decision to vaccinate healthy children against Covid-19.


    “If you, or anyone you know, has been left bereaved by Covid vaccinations or has suffered an adverse reaction which goes beyond “mild or moderate” and this reaction resulted in hospital intervention…”

    That a child of as early as 12 years of age can agree to such without their parents consent- is shocking.

          1. Cian

            Yes, this is UK based (as the original poster mentioned Belfast).

            RoI is different. Children aged 16 or over may themselves give consent to surgical, medical or dental procedures, without requiring the consent of their parents or guardians. This is provided for in the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.


            but 15 & under seems to need parental consent (unless there is an immediate risk to the child’s life)

        1. benblack

          Powerful stuff – real people voicing their concerns and the media classify them as far-right.

          I’ll never respect, or forgive, the Irish media again – apart from a few brave scribes.

        2. SOQ

          That is very powerful stuff- and understandable why he would not want to take it. I would be the same in his position.

      1. benblack

        Trudeau’s first official state visit was to Ireland’s Varadkar.

        Make of that what you will – something – sock – something.

  7. Annie 14 Tennis

    The government can try to put the fear of god into us, but I’ll have as many folk over as I like over Christmas. And so will Holohan

    1. Verbatim

      “Only six allowed at Christmas but 30 for a funeral. I will be holding a funeral for my pet turkey that sadly passed on 25th December.”

  8. Dr.Fart

    id love to have heard the discussion with Martin and nphet. They never mention schools because they don’t want to equip them for some reason (probably money), but surely they would’ve talked about it in the discussion. to actually hear them admit what we know would be great. to hear Martin literally saying “no one is to mention schools”

    I see the lates on this is he said to get thru Christmas and they’ll look at it then. that’s what people do in regular offices this time of year. leave projects until the new year coz sure its Christmas now. but for the fupping Taoiseach to say it is unreal. To casually put off something so huge on such whimsy. it destroys anything he says about wanting to keep us safe. people will get sick and some will die because he’s leaving it til after Christmas. unreal.

    1. Chris

      They want ‘high numbers’ in schools so they can jab kids. That is all, no need to overthink their motives.

      The open windows etc is also to make them ill.

      1. SOQ

        Ministers have agreed new measures to stop senior health officials appearing in the media without the Government press office’s approval, as fresh tensions have emerged over the latest round of Covid restrictions.


        Well that is some good news at least- they should never have had access to the media in the first place.

        1. Chris

          It’s pressure / release / pressure – we’re so far behind when it comes to gaining ground over the diktats, that there might be some reprieve. The highest pressure is upon countries that show an active resistance, they’re trying to break them first.

          The spell has definitely started to be broken though, people are annoyed – sharing experiences etc. What they were told, that doing their part would return us to ‘normal’ – is now very apparently, forever out of reach.

          I don’t think this will coalesce here, into anything significant against the forces that are directing things. My weary eyes are on Germany, Italy & (eventually) UK for a shape of our future reality.

          1. benblack

            Germany is the big one – the litmus test.

            I loved living in Germany – back in the day – and loved the people, the language, the culture, the architecture, the public parks – in short, the society – I still have family living there.

            Come on, Germany, RISE UP!

      2. Dr.Fart

        it might be. I think its more that they lumped everything on the vaccines. all their hopes. and they just don’t want to spend money on protections anymore. but what ur saying could be the case either. I know a lad in limerick who sent his kid in her PE tracksuit as did others, and the school said the dress code is skirts for girls and they’ll be in trouble if they don’t wear em. wouldn’t even let them wear coats in class cos its not uniform. id be taking my kid out of that school or at least dusting the principle. evil carry on. and it was official line, that teachers weren’t to tell anyone if there was a case in their class. how the hell is that health advice? ignore covid and it can’t get ya

    1. SOQ

      I used to dabble in song writing and I remember someone telling me that if you can write a Christmas hit, you have a pension for life.

      Not that either Ed Sheehan or Elton John needs such of course.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Within that website, we also find….
      “ Our findings show that wearing a face mask leads to statistically significant changes in the cerebral hemodynamics and oxygenation (CBF and StO2) in healthy young subjects at rest, even for this first relatively short period of mask usage. “

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