Delta update – CDC reports, France and anti-lockdown protests

My go-to person for Covid19 information is Dr John Campbell, and in the video below, he explains the 3 most recent CDC reports on the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines. There are links to each report.

The second half of the video is an update from France which addresses government strategies to encourage vaccinations:

Of particular interest to me was the comparison between the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. I was also interested in the report from France as some politicians here in Australia are talking about giving vaccinated people privileges over unvaccinated people. This strategy hasn’t gone down well in France, leading to ongoing protests.

Here in Melbourne, we’re only just starting to count the cost of the ‘protest’ staged by a crowd of roughly 4000 people yesterday. Some were obviously trying to keep the protest peaceful, but a far greater number were out to have a brawl with police.

Take a look at the gorilla parading around on top of the tram stop shelter.

He’s miming throwing something…a spear perhaps?

Take a good look at those faces. Do they look like people who care about an ideal? Or do they look like a bunch of thugs using the protest as an excuse to have a punch up?

I don’t know who is organising these protests, but I would really like the AFP [Australian Federal Police] to investigate:

  • Sky News/After Dark [Murdoch-run Newscorp] see Alan Jones below, the Guardian article is an eye-opener.
  • Alan Jones – radio shock jock
  • Craig Kelly – Liberal National Party politician
  • and less influential politicians such as George Christensen and Matt Canavan.

All of the above have worked tirelessly to undermine Australia’s health response against Covid19. Why? My guess is:

  • money
  • influence
  • political support
  • ego

No one has the ‘right’ to act in a way that endangers others. And I don’t give a flying fuck if they believe the Covid conspiracy theories or not. Saying ‘I don’t believe in Covid’ is like saying ‘oh but I didn’t believe the gun was loaded when I pulled the trigger.’

Not one of the morons listed above is medically or scientifically qualified in any way. Not even a little. They are spouting opinions, opinions based on belief. Or perhaps not even belief. Perhaps they simply see a way to exploit this awful pandemic for their own benefit.

They are scum.

Meeks

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184 responses to “Delta update – CDC reports, France and anti-lockdown protests

  • robbiesinspiration

    I really enjoy your honesty, Meeks. I also feel frustrated by the behaviour of some people in authority and among the general population.

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    • acflory

      -sigh- we’re in much the same boat, aren’t we?
      Haven’t heard much about South Africa lately. How are the vaccinations going?

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      • robbiesinspiration

        Hi Meeks, the covid wave has receded to a certain extent although it is still lurking around. Our hospitals are still full as ex-pats working in Africa who haven’t had access to the vaccine are being flown to Johannesburg for treatment. Our less knowledgeable population are not wanting the vaccination so the vaccination figures have stalled. My whole family is in progress with the vaccination as I mentioned yesterday. Most people I know are getting vaccinated, but their careless behaviour is another discussion altogether. But then I do not profess to understand people generally or what drives them to behave the way they do. I always feel like I’m sitting on the outside looking in when I’m with groups of people.

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  • Widdershins

    Talk about a super-spreader event! … fucking idiots.
    There are daily stories coming out of the US mainly, where anti-maskers are getting sick, ending up in hospital, and going ‘Oops, I guess I should’ve got that vaccine after all.’… I have zero sympathy/empathy for them.

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  • D. Wallace Peach

    Ugh. It sounds like the US, Andrea. What a mess, and the extent of the cruelty is breathtaking. I haven’t the words.

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  • Gradmama2011

    bad and getting worse the world over!

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    • acflory

      Yup. It seems we’ve reached the stage where the mounting death toll no longer matters. :/

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      • Gradmama2011

        Now the media is trying to hang the fiasco in Afghanistan on President Biden…at first they did…personally I think it was a set up courtesy of the predecessor.

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        • acflory

          Yes, I assumed it was Biden’s doing too, but apparently ‘the person once known as President’ brokered the deal. Biden may be faulted for carrying it through, but his position has been fairly clear from the start.

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          • Gradmama2011

            45s own sidekick has said that he would have gone ahead with the withdrawal plan anyway, had he been reelected. I smelled a rat right away, but I hate the media and have studied the tRump project dedicated to destroying the country. This is a perfect red-herring…45 is facing possible indictment for assorted crimes and misdemeanors…including the infamous insurrection. Disgusting worm!

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          • acflory

            Indictment? As a private citizen? Is that still possible after the results of the impeachment?

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          • Gradmama2011

            He can be charged and indicted, etc. in New York state on tax and fraud charges from his business practices. Also, he is no longer a sitting president, so he can be charged. Obviously having responsibility for inciting the insurrection has no statute of limitations. He can still be charged with High Crimes and Misdemeanors from when he was POTUS. The idiot-base is worse than ever, and the IQ of those minions is severely limited. He is very much in serious trouble…but of course justice is elusive for the rich and powerful. The Republicans are still scared to death of him.

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          • acflory

            lol – you give me hope. I would love to wake up one day to discover that he’s been put on trial! No…if I’m dreaming, let’s go one further. I want to wake up and learn that he’s been sent to jail. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            That is the goal…everybody chant LOCK HIM UP!!! He should be forced to pay not only for the dastardly deeds he pulled for four years on us. but especially for encouraging his idiot-base to actually do an insurrection against the government. I don’t like the government, but they are necessary even if they are bad. πŸ™‚ The Justice Dept. is finally gathering their chips for the big play…hundreds of rioters have been arrested and charged, and of course the Big Prize is tRump himself….who deserves whatever he gets and ten times more. His tax and income problems are state business (New York mainly) and completely aside from charges stemming from his failed coup-de-etat.

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          • acflory

            lmao – oh wouldn’t it be just the most perfect irony if after all the ‘lock /her/ up’ chants it’s 45 himself who gets to see the inside of a prison cell. I live in hope.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Do you remember when they captured Saddam Hussein and pulled him out of the hole that was a bunker where he was hiding? He was all dirty and unkempt, white tee shirt, hair all disheveled….that is the image that I want to see of tRump. yay!!!

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          • acflory

            OMG! I remember that image so well. ‘How the mighty have fallen’. Yes, something similar for /him/…maybe without the fake hair too…

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          • Gradmama2011

            Wouldn’t it be lovely to see 45 pulled out of a hole in the ground like the worm that he is? I don’t have much thought about Saddam, but I do know that when he was leader of wherever women were allowed to attend school, AND shed their coverings as well. Demonization at its best!

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          • acflory

            The whole Iraq thing grates on me. Saddam Hussein may not have been a nice man, but toppling him has created a situation far, FAR worse. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’m no fan, but Saddam wasn’t much worse than many of his peers around the world. He never did have any WMDs, and I think they knew that when they went to war. They/we messed up Iraq, then went on to do a number on Afghanistan. Now “they” are complaining…hey, do they want to get out of the country or stay there forever? bah humbug

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          • acflory

            Yes and yes. 😦 I think most people accept that Iraq was about oil not WMDs. The road to hell is paved with good intentions…and the slope is a hell of a lot steeper when money’s involved. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            I was in grad school at the time, and took a lot of flack for my transparent views. I am inherently against bombing people in general, so when the spectacle in Baghdad began I was furious.

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          • acflory

            Yeah. Govts in the US, UK and Australia totally ignored /our/ protests. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            well, I categorically object to bombing people no matter who does it! :-!

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          • Gradmama2011

            yay, and its business as usual… with tRump on the high burner except where he and his successor seem to agree at least in principle.

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          • acflory

            I think we’ll look back on this period and shake our heads, one day.

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          • Gradmama2011

            45 released hundreds of former/future Taliban last year from Guatanamo prison. Those people were rounded up over years and held there…and obviously they were just biding their time. Also…45 sidekick Pompeo and his constant smirk/sneer is looming just under the radar, so to speak.

            These people are B A D dudes! All of the above. lol

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          • acflory

            I did NOT know that. I can’t help wondering what both of them got out of it. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Many of those prisoners were mere kids when they were first picked up and sent to Guantanamo…obviously if they weren’t radicalized by now they are not likely to be so. Some of them have been there for 20 years, including the big wig Taliban Bordar…don’t know his name. There was no reason why many of these men were encarcerated in the first place…but its like the proverbial tiger…they had it by the tail and couldn’t let it go. LOL It wasn’t that 45 got anything out of it, or that they shouldn’t have been released, they were just held for expediency…not a good idea πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Yeah, I like that analogy. So many mistakes made, over such a long period of time. Now it seems we’re reaping what they sowed.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My comment here got out of line and I copied it for a blog entry. That happens to me in these comments lists when I start out to make some remarks and end up with a full blog post. It does work as an analogy…just what does one do when a life-threatening creature is captured? The problem is when you let it go…

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          • acflory

            Exactly. In my head, it’s like pinning a poisonous snake to the ground, knowing that if you let up on the pressure, it’ll whip round and sink its fangs into your leg. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Exactly…and just because those potential terrorists-in-waiting were amiable and cooperative with guards for decades doesn’t necessarily mean they are no longer a threat. πŸ˜‰

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          • acflory

            Sadly they’ve probably gone from being young hothead to older strategists. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            I believe one of the top Taliban is an alumni of Guantanamo. He’s been biding his time for decades….evidently waiting for an opportunity to pursue pay-back.

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          • acflory

            The hatred must run very deep. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Indeed. I read where a couple of the prison guards described him as compliant and amiable. No point in fighting windmills… πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            The words of The Gambler come to mind: you gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away…and when to run.

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          • acflory

            lol – Johnny Cash?

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          • acflory

            Hah! I’m not a Cash fan so I dug deep for that one. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            My brother used to love country music, and I learned the songs from him. Johnny Cash, of course, but I can still sing “Lovesick Blues” by Lefty Frizzell…one of the 1945-50s era greats.
            Now Lovesick Blues is running through my head, but that’s better than what it replaces the song with the refrain: “…Billy Jo McCalister jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge.” (The latter just will not go away until I look it up and refresh the refrain in my brain.) Yes, I really AM quite mad! LOL

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          • acflory

            Gah…I remember that song, the Billy Jo one. Even here, every time you turned on the radio, there it was. I’ve never like ‘Country & Western’ or ‘Punk’. Heavy metal was more my thing at uni. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            I have managed to get “into” the Ode to Billie Joe thing….there are volumes of think-pieces, comments, opinions, speculation on the ‘net. I read where that was the hit song for weeks to various degrees around the world… and I still knew the words before I looked it up. Obsession is one of my middle names :-0

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          • acflory

            Gah…Killing Me Softly was my favourite song from back then and I /know/ I can’t remember all the lyrics. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            Here is a tale to make your blood run cold…in our little city last night a 14-year-old boy robbed a gas station/convenience store. He had a rifle, ammo, and also a big knife and some etc…… when he saw the police car he placed the rifle on the ground and raised his hands. They took him to the county juvenile detention center. It is almost certain that he is a white kid…god only knows what would have happened in a big city neighborhood…. just sayin’ 😦

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          • acflory

            Yes. The threshold for violence seems to get lower the darker someone’s skin is. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            absolutely. racism has always been the way of the land for many here in our democracy.

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          • acflory

            I wonder why it is that some form of slavery is always part of a nation’s history. Here in Australia we didn’t have slavery per se, but the Indigenous jackeroos may as well have been – ‘paid’ in flour and sugar and alcohol. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            The Spanish tried to enslave the indigenous of the Americas, but that didn’t work well because the Indians refused to be forced to work…so they just killed many of them and brought slaves from Africa. The latter they considered more or less expendable, and just worked them to death on the plantations. At one time they (Spanish slavers) did not bring any women to a certain area of the Caribbean…women caused all sorts of problems, and were more of a detriment than asset… (pregnancy, babies, child care, all sorts of expenditures…more trouble than they were worth.

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          • acflory

            Gods…the awfulness just beggars description.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The British abolished slave trade long before US, but the slavers continued to run the trade on Portuguese ships flying the US flag. Great story involving the British navy, old clunky warships, sleek new ships out of New England…. I have a paper I did for my grad course named “England and the Empire” which needs to be cleaned up for popular consumption and published. You’ll love it….LOL

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          • acflory

            -grin- Do it! And I’m pretty sure I would love it. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            Our Scottish ancestors had various issues with landowners destroying potato crops and benefactors in Australia financing passage in exchange for various labor contracts. That’s how my xxxgreat grandmother got to Australia, by herself…arranged her own passage. Not sure of the details, cousin Greg just discovered her…Ann Hunter, I think… within the last couple of years. A lot of Scots in Maclean and thereabouts, apparently…I read so on a search for “Maclean” .

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          • acflory

            Hmm…practices like those still exist. I remember when I first went to uni. there were those who were ‘paid’ to do their degrees by the State education dept. Not for free though. Those student would then be bonded to the education department for three years after graduation. The idea was that they’d pay for their education by teaching for 3 years. Terrible idea as most were truly awful teachers. And definitely didn’t have their hearts in it. Most got out as soon as the 3 years was up.

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          • Gradmama2011

            yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes! I myself did my masters and doctorate work under a contract. We worked for 20 hours a week, often as a professor assistant, ran discussion classes and various work in the History department. When my contract from the university arrived my dear hubby Bob said…and I quote: “they’re going to pay you to go to school?” LOL We bought our own books, etc. Yes, I was a terrible “teacher!” My evaluation reviews were mixed: from the same discussion group of 25 students, one said I was “the worst TA they ever had;” and another : “the best TA ever!” πŸ™‚ A friend and fellow TA, now a PhD professor at a private school, shared one of her evals which wrote one word in caps: B..TCH. I said “didn’t that hurt your feelings: She said “hell no, I want to be their teacher, not their friend.” She was and is a superb TA. (Actually, being human and all, she admitted those negative comments were hurtful, but expected.)

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          • acflory

            -grin- discipline and respect are hugely important. Remember I mentioned how some of them were terrible teachers? One I will never forget would drone on and on as the noise level got higher and higher. When he couldn’t stand it any longer he’d YELL. Silence for 10 seconds then it’d start again. He was my ‘supervisor’ for the worst teaching prac I ever did.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I had a class in which several of the students made a point of picking on me for various reasons, I already admitted to being a terrible instructor. Well, after the course ended, with the poor evaluations, etc. I just decided to rack it up and get over it. Welll… the next level course started the next quarter with the giant intro event (it was US History) and the students were directed to the group they would be in. A small group of them, including several of the students that had gone out of their way to harass me first quarter, when they found they were in the class of one Mr. B…who had worked up a reputation for being tough and mean…they begged me to allow them into my discussion group. I said “you guys laughed at me and made fun of me throughout the class…why should I speak up to have you assigned to MY group now? But Mr. B is terrible….I said you considered me the worst TA you ever had…how come all of a sudden you are begging to be in my class?” To my credit I stuck to my guns and left the poor students to the Big Bad Mr B. (Between you and me, Mr B was something of an obnoxious prick, so it was a just pay-back.) LOL The reason some of the assistantships had gone to me and other non-traditional students is that they wanted to fill future assistantships so couldn’t have any vacant spots. Also, there had not been many women in these positions, as more men than women followed History internships.

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          • acflory

            lmao – I suspect you underrated your teaching skills, but comparison does change things. Plus some people just like making trouble. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            The students were required to have two credits of “foreign culture,” (my description) they had a choice among Latin America/various Eastern cultures/etc… and many of the students hated it…hated it…so they were pissed about it from the get-go. I considered myself well versed on my subject (Latin America) but my teaching skills were ephemeral…nada…make it up as go along… and my liberal mindset tended to empathize with the students. I wanted to “help” them…most were ordinary students that just shut up and took the course that was at the right day and time. Then they went for the easy-A and got along fine. All they wanted was the credit…it wasn’t worth the fight. But some hated the course…hated me…hated my Chinese grad student helper in the class…because she was Chinese… My weird method was to take the student aside and say something like “what the hell is the matter with you? shape up, I’m giving you a chance to get a decent grade…cooperate.” And then there were the athletes…bozo the clown would have gotten a passing grade for doing tricks…I won’t even go there. What a farce….

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          • acflory

            lol – your teaching style sounds fine to me. Remember ‘you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’. That applies to humans even more so.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Part of it was pure racism, I think. Our white ancestors were not willing to exploit conquered/whatever other white peoples to enslave, so they did the indentured servant contracts. Especially here in US among Irish, Scots, etc.

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          • acflory

            Yeah, it seems as if each Western country went through a similar set of steps. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            I think every species of humans is “racist” to some degree just by nature. All of “us” may by nature tend to xenophobia based on various characteristics…skin color, size, hair, eyes. Let’s say an alien lifeform, different in numerous ways from us Earth-humans, suddenly were against us. Would human-nature then differntiate from alien-ness drop all of the refinements of characteristics in favor of our being all human beings? No more black or white variations.

            That I suppose is the point of these movies like Independence Day, in which the camera focus shifts back and forth among assorted nationalities united as a species?

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          • acflory

            That’s definitely the idea, but I’m no longer convinced by it. I suspect we’d continue to play our petty games as the aliens blow us up. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes! We’d all haggle to team up with the aliens to attack our fellow humans. Human nature. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            lol – we laugh, but only because we know it’s true!

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          • Gradmama2011

            It might be fun to meet some friendly aliens… although sometimes I think I already have πŸ˜‰
            On another note, our little friend Allie, aka Alice, is grounded. She has been permitted to go outside, and she loves it, and as long as she came when I called her she could doher thing. (Actually its He, and Him, probably.) Anyway, she has scratches on her eyebrow, her eye is runny, and her ear has a 1/2 inch tear. Now having said that, I am of the belief that her injuries came from one of the indoor cats…probably Bob, maybe Toby. No one is talking. I saw her/him in action once when she had a neighbor cat cornered, and I was shocked. So I told her that if she’s going to be outside acting like a wild animal…or fighting inside for that matter, she is not allowed out! I’m glad I have an excuse to keep her/him inside, she is just too much of a dare-devil.

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          • acflory

            Ah…poor Allie. The first 18 months they’re just like teenagers – into everything and think they’re invincible. Golli had a run-in with a car at about 12 months that left him brain damaged, mostly blind and me broke after the vet bills! That said, Golli can do /almost/ everything his brother can do except climb trees [can’t get down] and catch mice. He ‘listens’ near the compost heap every evening but hasn’t managed to translate that into a mouse.
            Anyway, my love to Allie. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Cats are remarkable creatures. We had a cat named Blackie, who actually taught Pearl and Toby as little kittens to catch a mouse. Blackie had a live mouse, and demonstrated how to play “cat and mouse” with it. We saw the interaction with our own eyes. πŸ™‚ Yes, Allie is a mess, but she allowed me to look closely at the damage and clean it. Scott told me to quit yelling at her…she really wants to go outside but she/he is such a scrapper that I’ve seen her fight/terrorize bigger cats. She is a small cat, very smart, even as cats go. Pearl used to catch mice in the basement…but now she’s too old for climbing walls. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            OMG…yes! Buffa used to catch mice and bring them in for Golli [after Golli had the accident and ended up with some brain damage. Anyway, Buffa would drop the mouse at Golli’s feet, literally. Poor Golli could never catch mouse, that ended up being my job…-sigh-

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          • Gradmama2011

            I was always the grouch…if the mice appeared remotely alive I rescued them. I also rescue spiders and other creatures.

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          • acflory

            Mice yes, rats and spiders no. -shudder-

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          • Gradmama2011

            My late BFF Dorothy had a raccoon in her kitchen. She called the police and the dispatcher tried to reassure her that it was probably not a raccoon…the police officer who came out also lectured on how it was unlikely that a raccoon would be in the house…etc, etc. Then he peeked in the kitchen and exclaimed ‘that IS a raccoon!” She told him it was up to him what to do about it.

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          • acflory

            lol – I know nothing about raccoons…are they dangerous?

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          • Gradmama2011

            They can be, I guess. The last raccoon I saw was on my porch sharing the cats’ food dish, with a cat there. Kittens are especially accepting of the raccoons, and the possums, which are frequent visitors separately and with friends. I always keep the door closed between me and the wild critters.

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          • acflory

            Isn’t that interesting? So the kittens aren’t afraid of raccoons? We get foxes and both the dog [tiny] and the cats are afraid of them.

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          • Gradmama2011

            The Cat Moms seem wary of the raccoons, and counsel the kittens to beware. Speaking of cats, Allie was out yesterday, all day until near-dark. She/He refused to discuss the issue of just who bit the head off the Bluejay. Circumstantial evidence, for sure…Allie is the only one that I know for a fact has had an interaction with a Jay. Still…Allie is a little dynamo in a show-down with other cats, but the Jays can be mean machines. Dau1 found the remains of the headless-Jay, and plans to extract the beautiful feathers from the carcass. No, I have no idea how…. lol

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          • acflory

            Ut oh! Naughty, Allie. πŸ™‚ That said, I wonder if it really was Allie? I mean my guys are terrified of the magpies so if the jays are as aggro, it’d be a very brave cat who took one on…an won!

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          • Gradmama2011

            Maybe not, but Allie is a real scrapper…she/he appeared to take on a cat named Daddy Boy…she/he really beat him up! About that Blue Jay, though…I witnessed their first meeting, and when she/he went in close to spy on the Jay’s nest I heard it reply with a “beat it, kid!” chirp. Yesterday I let her outside, and after several hours I called her…she came charging like a bat out of hell but then declined to come into the house. She/he did come in when it was almost dark.

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          • acflory

            Has he/she been, um, fixed yet? Sometimes that calms them down a bit. And protects them from getting run over. Actually, no, it should but Golli had his accident /after/ his op so, I don’t know.
            Alllie may just be a little hellraiser. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            No, we haven’t made that trip to the Vet yet. She is grounded from going outside, because she comes back when she feels like it, and last time she was upset and weird acting, and then vomited. Bob said she should not be allowed outside to hang out with the riffraff outdoor cats. He (Allie) would probably be very proficient outside…but I would be all worried and upset…I hate that.

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          • acflory

            Aaaah. Hormones. They’ll do it every time. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            we do need to take Allie to the Vet. They will remember me as the woman who was worried about having her cat spayed…then discovered that he (Bob) was a boy.

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          • acflory

            lmao – these things happen. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            Allie went out today. I was out on the deck, and when I cam back in he/she was sitting there looking out, and I absent mindedly opened the door. She will come back when it is almost dark. Last time when she didn’t come in I sent Dottie out to get her… I asked Dottie to go get her and bring her in, and she did. I am ambivalent about her going outside, on the one hand she enjoys it so much, on the other I worry. Dottie, Sister, and Toby are allowed out…in and out, in and out πŸ™‚ Bob would like to go out, but he is not agile enough, he would fall over if something looked at him…and Pearl has never been outside.

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          • acflory

            I love how you send Dottie out and she does what you say! You don’t talk about Dottie much. What’s she like?

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          • Gradmama2011

            Dottie is Sister’s daughter, a beautiful calico cat. The Calicos, which I like to refer to as “the Kardashians” are large cats, not as big as Bob, but a lot bigger than Allie. Dottie is very affectionate, she sleeps on the foot of my bed (or in the center, until I kick her off,) very mild-mannered. Sister will also go outside to get Allie it I ask her to, and insist, but she tends to be grouchy about it. Allie kind of cowers a bit when Sister has to retrieve her, no-nonsense; Dottie tends to go out and hang out with Allie (and assorted cats from the compound.)

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          • acflory

            I love Calico cats. Rosie was one and boy did she know she was gorgeous. One of our favourite memories of Rosie is of her sitting primly just outside the back door, being serenaded by one of the local toms. ‘Me Princess, you scum’ pretty much sums up her attitude. lol Like your Dottie, she was very affectionate with /us/. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Originally three Calico kittens found their way to the compound…maybe 15 years ago. One of them moved across the road and lived in the greenhouse there and had “a number” of kittens. That was the late great Barbara. The other two kittens moved in next door: Isis, and Orion. Isis had four kittens (including Peppy and Tink, who still live on my back deck.) SIL Mike rescued the four kittens, who were born in a rainstorm, and took turns with Isis feeding them with a doll bottle. (He had the bottle.) They were as careful as possible to not let Isis outside…fearing something would happen to her. The first chance she got she was gone…leaving the orphaned kittens with Mike. HA! I’m in story mode here. As we used to say during book review in grade school, ” if you want to know what happens you’ll have to read the book.” (to be continued…)

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          • acflory

            lmao – don’t stop on a cliffhanger! What happened to the Kittens? And poor Mike?

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          • Gradmama2011

            oh…sorry… Peppy and Tink still live on my deck to this day, and Midnight got run over, and Mike called them “the boys of summer.” They got kicked out of the house for delinquency.

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          • acflory

            Aaah. lol Explain delinquency? Fighting or spraying or both?

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          • Gradmama2011

            Well, it was because of their bad acquaintances, namely a little beauty beast called Snowball, at first, then warped into what I now call him Daddy Boy…he lives out side…pain in the ass. .. tried to impregnate everything that walks…nah, just girl cats. πŸ™‚ They spayed and argued and generally caused trouble. Snowball was originally an orphan, raised by a sweet nurse cat named Fluffy. But then Snowball’s cuteness caused him to become a bad influence on the Boys of Summer, and they all got evicted. Tink, the yellow cat, had a broken neck from falling off the TV. He’s fine now, but his head his sideways. ( I don’t make this stuff up!) They aren’t even my cats, but after they were homeless they just decided to move on over to Granma’s shelter. I love cats.

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          • acflory

            I’ve always thought that cats are more like people than dogs or other domesticated animals. They /choose/ who the like and trust. I think that’s why a lot of people don’t like cats; they want something to dominate. Cats won’t let you do that.
            Yours clearly know who to trust. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            I’m sure sometimes that cats understand me when I speak to them. Actually if I think about it, most animals that I encounter seem to communicate at some level. Bob jumps on the bed with all four feet landing in one thud, then head-bumps until I respond.

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          • acflory

            You mean he head bumps you until you wake up? lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            I wake up quickly, because Bob is not allowed on my bed . He has accidents, and … well enough said. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            We never did find out who bit the head off the Blue Jay.

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          • acflory

            Mmm…maybe that’s not such a bad thing. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes, indeedy…it may have been some “other,” and not really a cat at all. The only one that I know has a working relationship with a Blue Jay is Allie…who keeps a respectful distance since the Jay’s warning “tweet” when they first met. (duh…)

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          • acflory

            I’d say Allie’s owed the benefit of the doubt. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            Allie’s probably friends with the Jay. She/he isn’t allowed outside because she takes her time about coming inside. I’m sure Allie can take care of herself, I’ve seen him in action in a fight….mean as he is sweet. I’m ok about changing the name, but the real name seems to remain Alice. As in Alice Cooper…? πŸ˜‰

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          • acflory

            lol – I remember Alice Cooper. He certainly looked mean on stage. I think the name has stuck. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            Long before Alice Cooper was ever THE Alice Cooper, so to speak, he appeared at a tiny little club here in our little town. Our city officials were reallly upset, and ordered Bob, who was our fire captain at the time, to get out there and close the place down. There was no grounds for closing…not overcrowded, no smoking, police on hand. They didn’t close it down, just monitored it. Dau1, who was about 13 at the time, was too young to be allowed to go, which she always regretted.

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          • acflory

            Wow…that’s a real claim to fame coz Alice Cooper was huge. Scary to think about how long ago that was. :/

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          • Gradmama2011

            omg it was half a century ago! Alice was huge, though he played a lot of rinky-dink towns on his way.

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          • acflory

            Ugh, yes. I always scare myself when I do the sums and realise something happened decades ago.

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          • Gradmama2011

            time flies—whether we’re having fun or not. πŸ™‚

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          • acflory

            Amen to that. hard to believe it’ll be two years soon.

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          • Gradmama2011

            tRump’s daily atrocities notwithstanding (I love that word) and he is still terrorizing the nation to this day…five years of him has passed. His mission of destruction is working marvelously…we all hate each other, cause riots at school board meetings!, thugs roam the countryside at will. We beat people up for wearing masks and/or not wearing masks. The idiot-base just gets more idiotic. ..but I digress. Sorry. :-0

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          • Gradmama2011

            I was going to say my granddaughter the rocker did Alice Cooper in full gear…but it wasn’t AC, it was KISS. lol Still gret!

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          • acflory

            Hah! I remember KISS. Always thought it must take them HOURS to put on all that makeup and glam. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            I have some pics somewhere of Jeri and her guys in the band in KISS make-up. Also lots from the big David Bowie gig they did at Mustard Seed two years ago. (I haven’t been to a performance in ages, she did do some solo work though that was on their Facebook site. It just occurred to me that I have the very first known recording of her career…at her other grandmother’s pool party…it is appropriately called “Jeri and Chrissy’s First Gig.” It was terrible! lol By the way, Jeri is now with a band called “Big Pop” or something like that…Time Cat broke up broke up…unfortunately.

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          • acflory

            -grin- well…you are the historian in the family! I’m sure Jeri’s new band will be as good if not better. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            It is a pretty well established band. I haven’t heard them yet, but will when I get a chance. The hold up is that I don’t drive at night any more, after dark. Local traffic isn’t bad, but I can’t stand the highway with the lights coming from every which way. My eyes are very sensitive to light now, and especially on the road I can’t be shielding my eyes. Akron is about 45 miles from here,. Most of Jeri’s shows are at night, or late in the day, and it is dark when I leave to drive home. So I can’t go unless Dau1 is driving.

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          • acflory

            I’m finding the glare hard to handle too. Of course I haven’t driven anywhere since the pandemic started, but even before then, I’d only drive at night if I really had to.
            Hopefully you’ll get to see Jeri’s band soon.

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          • Gradmama2011

            I have to black-marker my eyeglasses because the little metal screws etc. reflect stabbing light. Some store lights are bad, especially the overhead ones that shine down from the top.

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          • Gradmama2011

            uh…maybe it was David Bowie show I’m thinking about. I guess I haven’t a clue!

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          • acflory

            David Bowie’s onstage personna was a real gender-bender so maybe you conflated the two. πŸ™‚

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          • Gradmama2011

            Once I found a deer hanging upside down by its foot caught in the highway fence. I called the police, who walked back there with me and asked what to do with it. There was only one choice…and he did dispose of it. I declined my right to claim the meat.. 😦 There are lots of deer around here. We are right on the corner of the city, and there are still lots of wooded areas. Our back-40 is something of a sanctuary.

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          • acflory

            Sounds as if your place is similar to mine – kind of city fringe. Always sad when a beautiful animal has to be put out of its misery. 😦

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          • Gradmama2011

            Yes. We (Dau1 and I) have about 8 acres left, there is a pond, and the whole place is over-grown wildly, also our place is within a tirangle at the edge of the city, and there are good wooded areas around ours as well. The highway goes through the edge of our property now, and has created a sanctuary. My SIL calls our place “the compound.” Lots of deer and other critters…Bob (my late husband, not the cat) had a running battle with groundhogs. Those guys have enormous holes everywhere, and wreak havoc on crops.

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          • acflory

            lol – okay, 8 acres is a lot! Even shared between you and Dau1. The Offspring and I have 1.6 acres and that’s more than enough to manage. Which reminds me, I’ll have to start mowing very soon as the grass grows so quickly this time of year. The alpacas do a decent job but there are some weedy grasses they won’t touch. Plus there’s the burning off… -sigh- It never ends.

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          • Gradmama2011

            Do you have alpacas? There are a couple of llama farms relatively near. I don’t know any personally though. I actually still own about 1.4 acres, containing my house and some land. Dau1 has about 5 or 6 altogether, including the back wilds. Bob used to farm about 8 acres, including the plot where I built my house next door to the old house which Dau1 now owns. He used to farm 25 acres in the back which we sold 4 to the highway and 21 to the row of neighbors that bordered our land.

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          • acflory

            Yes, to the alpacas. Three of us neighbours bought 4 way back when so they could graze the grass down. Only 2 left now and I’m never sure whether I like them or loathe them. lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            I am pretty much ignorant of alpacas. There is a horse boarding neighbor next to Dau1’s place. The horses come over to the fence to visit, but I rarely go over there because I am sort of afraid of horses. I know that’s odd, but I’ve always been afraid of them. Dau2 had a rescue horse, a small white horse that was elderly, and she/they bought him some quality life time. She always wanted a horse, but never had one as a child. We did have goats, and she did have a gaggle of ducks and geese that would follow her around…I had forgotten that. There’s a photo… of course there is!

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          • acflory

            I find it hard to imagine you being scared of anything, much less a horse! I do envy Dau1 her goats. I’ve always loved the idea of them. Not sure about the big ones though.
            Post the photo! lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            Oh no! It wasn’t Dau1 who had the goats…it was Dau3. Dau 2 had geese and ducks. πŸ™‚ Goats are sweet animals, friendly and loving as dogs. We had a big “weather” called Wilbur…he butted me so many times I told him I was going to make soup out of him. We did have a big mean gander named “Hermie” that I really did make soup of after he went out in the road and got killed by a car. He got me so many times I owed him! No one would eat the soup though… LOL Son Joe was the kid that originally got Wilbur…they had a mutual peace pact.

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          • acflory

            Oh! lol sorry. A friend of mine had a nanny goat for milking when the kids [human ones] were little, but that goat always looked as if she was plotting something. By contrast, the miniature goats I met when I took a class of kids on an excursion to the farm were ADORABLE! I’d love a couple of those but I fear they’d eat all my roses down to the ground.

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          • Gradmama2011

            My boys both drank Goat milk when we had it. We had two nannies, and they both had kids. The boys liked the milk ok, and Bob made cheese from the milk curds. (Of course he did!) The cheese ranged from really good to terrible. I knew someone who had the little pygmy goats, but I didn’t know the goats personally. I don’t know if the goats eat roses or not…probably they do.

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          • acflory

            The little pigmy goats come to about knee high [on me] and are adorable…to look at. I suspect they’re voracious when it comes to eating our most precious plants. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            roller coasters…yikes! I was terrified of the amusement park rides to the point of being in a panic! Once I rode on a motorcycle and thought I was about to die. Oh, and I’m afraid of heights… aside from those examples I am fearless! :-0

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          • acflory

            lol – ditto rollercoaster rides!

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          • Gradmama2011

            One of the first times Allie was outside I saw her walking back and forth across the back yard…inspecting every grass or plant…she was interested in a Bluejay nest in a big Spruce tree…the Jay came in for a landing into the tree,. I heard the Jay’s sharp warning… “stay away Kid!” (just one sharp chirp.)

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          • acflory

            We don’t have Jays but the magpies take no crap from my guys, especially during nesting season. They all slink around with one eye on the sky. lol

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          • Gradmama2011

            The Jays are quite adamant in their tone of voice…just enough warning to Allie that the bird saw her and she should beware. Jays are also known to bombard humans that get too close to a nest. It is said that Blue Jays will pick little Wrens right out of the nest…my late Bob used to warn them with a few BBs.

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          • acflory

            lol – they sound just as aggro as magpies! We actually saw a group of magpies attacking a possum, in broad daylight, in a huge big gum tree. I guess the possum got too close to a nest or something. I love my magpies but I /know/ they’re related to dinosaurs, and not the veggie eating ones. πŸ˜‰

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          • Gradmama2011

            dinosaurs? I gather they aren’t the small birds like our magpies.

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          • acflory

            No! I think all birds evolved from dinosaurs of one sort or another. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            pterodactyls ? (first time I ever dealt with that word in print)

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          • acflory

            lol – maybe? The only one I know of for sure is the missing link called Archaeopteryx:

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx

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          • Gradmama2011

            hmmm…I’ll check that out.

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          • Gradmama2011

            looks that way… there were 5,000 prisoners released from Guantanamo… by tRump … but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing at the time.

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          • acflory

            No, I agree with the principle. I guess we’ll just have to see where they end up.

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          • Gradmama2011

            pretty sure they didn’t sit back on their laurels and soak up democratic ideals. LOL

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          • acflory

            How to win friends and influence people…yeah. 😦
            The thing that always astounds me the most is that we keep trying to inflict democracy on countries when, by its very nature, democracy has to grow from /within/. People have to demand it.
            Sadly, I think a lot of those who were born into democracy are demanding something else now. Big Daddy maybe?

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          • Gradmama2011

            who knows? The Shadow knows…. did you get that radio mystery show back in the day? The Shadow’s real name was Lamont Cranston. (Just imagine how smart I would be if my brain wasn’t cluttered up with trivia?

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          • acflory

            No, no Shadow here, or at least not that I remember. We had…Jungle Jim and…oh! Biggles!
            Talk about dredging up the past. πŸ˜€

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          • Gradmama2011

            he also had invited Taliban leaders to the presidential retreat at Camp David, and engineered/oversaw the planned withdrawal…the set was ready when Biden took over, and he is not about to allow 45 to spin sh/t his own version.

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          • acflory

            I hope history gives 45 the treatment he so richly deserves. 😦

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  • Remembering Lives

    My Dad used to go on about people who were basically just dumb. Being a teacher, I did not want to believe him. Recent events have made me recognise his wisdom.

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  • Remembering Lives

    I have been pretty angry about the protests yesterday too. We are fighting to control this and thousands of them go out putting us all at risk. We will be really lucky now not to end up with similar numbers to NSW.

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    • acflory

      Yeah. My heart just sank when I saw the numbers. A few hundred would have been bad enough, but so many…I don’t know if they’re brainwashed or just looking for an excuse to vent their frustrations. Fingers crossed it won’t be too bad but…-shrug-

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  • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    You’re having the equivalent of our Capitol riots – without the former guy!

    Delta will take care of some of the yahoos because they won’t take the protective steps.

    Meanwhile, husband and I and kids are ramping up the PPE, and hoping for the third dose if necessary.

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  • anne54

    Covidiots! However, I was annoyed to see them get the headline on the news last night. I would prefer not to give them major public airspace. There is of course an irony in their protests. They are demanding “freedom” from lockdowns, masks etc, while their actions are more likely to spread the virus and keep all of us locked down longer.
    I found this essay about responsibility as an important flip side to rights.
    https://ryanholiday.net/why-we-need-a-statue-of-responsibility/?mc_cid=7244b1e9c8&mc_eid=b5f4318df0

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    • acflory

      “We don’t have a freedom problem: we have a responsibility problem.”
      Brilliant article, Anne. Thank you.
      We’re now so powerful, as a species, that we forget that individually…we are really, really weak. Take away the technology and all the trappings of civilisation and we’d struggle to feed ourselves or fight off angry dingos.
      Living in a society gives us the freedom to live without fear [mostly], but there are no free lunches. For that freedom we agree to live by rules that make it possible for everyone to live without fear.
      It’s a two-way street, the reward for a social contract our parents sign for us at birth.
      -sigh-
      Seriously. What’s wrong with human beings? What makes us so horribly, gleefully destructive?

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  • Matthew Wright

    We went into lockdown here in NZ last week, because of Delta – and there were protests next day. Led by one individual, but social media gives a disproportionate reach. I remain in some despair at these anti-science attitudes – all they’ll do is make the pandemic last longer and kill more people. Gaaaah.

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    • acflory

      -hugs- I am so sorry. Bloody Sydney exported its misery everywhere, including to NZ.
      How is your lockdown going?

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      • Matthew Wright

        Lockdown? Government says there’s one, and I am sitting tight at home but the neighbours have been going in and out like yo-yos, carloads of people have been roaring up and down the road, just like a normal weekend. I had to venture out to the supermarket (mask, glasses, gloves) and found it packed, you’d have thought it was an ordinary shopping day. Very different from the first full lockdown in March last year. I think people have become complacent.

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  • dumbestblogger

    I mean, those protests seem pretty tame to me.

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    • acflory

      There’s lots more footage. I didn’t include the bits where the rioters broke through police lines and ended up sending 9 police officers to the hospital with injuries including broken bones.
      Peanuts in comparison to other countries, I know, but for us? I just feel so ashamed.

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