Paraprosdokians by Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill loved paraprosdokians, figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected.

1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
4. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
5. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
6. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting
it in a fruit salad.
7. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
9. I thought I wanted a career. Turns out, I just wanted pay checks.
10. In filling out an application, where it says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put “DOCTOR.”
11. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
12. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street…with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
13. Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
14. A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
15. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
16. Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
17. There’s a fine line between cuddling and…holding someone down so they can’t get away.
18. I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
19. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
20. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
21. Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
22. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
23. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
24. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but now it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one.

Set to me by my wife so I don’t know who to attribute this collection to, but like so much else about Churchill, absolute genius. This, however, seems to be the point of origin for these quotes.

But perhaps they originate here since there is an additional one, that others seem to leave out;

25. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Vaccine passports a No Go Area

The most notable feature of Scott Morrison is how lacking in awareness he often seems to be, but with this we are heading into new territory: Exempting vaccinated Australians from travel bans would boost vaccine take up, PM says.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called on the leaders of Australia’s states and territories to reconsider travel exemptions for people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, saying the measure would boost the number of people willing to get their jabs.

His previous call for vaccinated Australians to be exempted from interstate border bans was rejected amid criticisms they would lead to a vaccine passport.

However, Mr Morrison told Sky News on Thursday evening that was not the plan.

“It’s not what it is, it was just simply saying that if you’ve been vaccinated, that the state governments would recognise that and you’d be able to move around in times like this,” Mr Morrison told host Paul Murray.

I’ve put it to them, they’re not ready to accept that as something you can do.”…

The Prime Minister said rewarding those who had been jabbed by giving them greater freedom during snap restrictions and sudden border closures would encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, there are more and more stories just like this one everywhere: ‘The Single Most Qualified’ mRNA Expert Censored After Discussing Concerns Over Vaccines.

Dr. Robert Malone, the “inventor of mRNA vaccines,” told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson on Wednesday that a broadcast of a podcast he did discussing his concerns with the COVID-19 vaccines was removed from YouTube.

How bout that? But then there are our own personal statements like this from MareeS in the comments on a previous post.

Our family is fully vaccinated against all the bad stuff from childhood, never any question about that. However, my husband had a first jab against the Wu flu early in May, has had three epileptic-type seizures since then (no previous history) and has gone from being a clever, productive artist to someone who sleeps his time awaY more than 12hrs a day and cannot climb stairs unassisted. I am adjusting to the role of carer, our GP is withdrawing from the vaccination program, so make of that what you will.

That is a terrible story which fills me with deep concern. And then there was this by Seco, also in the same comments section.

Two experiences close to home:

– wife’s grandmother, 99 in a nursing home ended up in hospital in April with possible pneumonia. She had the vaccine the day before. Recovered but has since had a stroke.

– brothers’ mother in law had the vaccine and ever since has suffered dementia like symptoms and needs constant care.

But if you try to say a word in public, they will cut you down and turn off your mike.

A mainstream newspaper has hinted at the truth about Covid vaccines!

It’s not what it says but where it’s from that is of interest. This was in The Wall Street JournalAre Covid Vaccines Riskier Than Advertised? This is the sub-head:

There are concerning trends on blood clots and low platelets, not that the authorities will tell you.

This is how it opens which is all that I can access without a subscription.

One remarkable aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic has been how often unpopular scientific ideas, from the lab-leak theory to the efficacy of masks, were initially dismissed, even ridiculed, only to resurface later in mainstream thinking. Differences of opinion have sometimes been rooted in disagreement over the underlying science. But the more common motivation has been political.

Another reversal in thinking may be imminent. Some scientists have raised concerns that the safety risks of Covid-19 vaccines have been underestimated. But the politics of vaccination has relegated their concerns to the outskirts of scientific thinking—for now.

Historically, the safety of medications—including vaccines—is often not fully understood until they are deployed in large populations. Examples include rofecoxib (Vioxx), a pain reliever that increased the risk of heart attack and stroke; antidepressants that appeared to increase suicide attempts among young adults; and an influenza vaccine used in the 2009-10 swine flu epidemic that was suspected of causing febrile convulsions and narcolepsy in children. Evidence from the real world is valuable, as clinical trials often enroll patients who aren’t representative of the general population. We learn more about drug safety from real-world evidence and can adjust clinical recommendations to balance risk and benefits.

The Vaers data for Covid-19 vaccines show an interesting pattern. Among the 310 million Covid-19 vaccines given, several adverse events are reported at high rates in the days immediately after vaccination, and then fall precipitously afterward. Some of these adverse events might have occurred anyway. The pattern may be partly attributable to the tendency to report more events that happen soon after vaccination.

Anyway, it’s a start. The media have been lying along with our political leaders ever since it was decided to “flatten the curve”. The curve, such as it is, has been flat for a long time now, but still the lockdowns persist. And will continue to persist until the media stop the hysteria while things are allowed to return to the previous normal.

My review of Jordan Peterson’s latest book

I have written a review of Jordan Peterson’s latest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life which you can now read at Quadrant Online under the title that represents my take on what he wrote: Abandon Ideology. I will give you two passages from the review. You can read the rest at the link. This is the opening para.

Jordan Peterson is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he is my cup of tea. His writings are an oasis in the midst of the intellectual desert of our time. He says many of the thoughts that need to be said out in the open and in full, in ways that can be accessed and understood, which bypass the cancel culture of the Left that surrounds them. This is a book you should read, partly because of its message, partly just because of how well done it is.

And then there is this as well:

We must also confront the North American conservative/liberal distinction Peterson embeds. This is from Rule I:

“Some people are temperamentally predisposed to conservatism, and others to a more liberal creative perception and action … Those who tend toward the right, politically, are staunch defenders of all that has worked in the past … Those who rise to the top can do so through manipulation and the exercise of unjust power … It is this corruption of power that is strongly objected to by those on the liberal/left side of the political spectrum, and rightly so.” [emphases added]

This is straight-out wrong, politically ignorant and offensive. This may be the kind of statements required to get such a book published during the times in which we live. But whatever the reason, you would hope Peterson might have noticed the kinds of people who had embraced his previous writings. These are sentiments that will put off all kinds of people who might otherwise be sympathetic to what he writes.

That said, it is a wonderful book and deeply conservative, in spite of what Peterson himself might say. And who knows what he actually thinks since there must be some compromises in getting such a book published in the midst of the cancel culture in which we live.

Found in space

On the off chance you think there is nothing new on earth, sample this. Not quite “on earth” but the experience must be eerie. And there are no “special effects”. This is just how things are.

In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the station’s modules and research facilities with a running narrative by Williams of the work that has taken place and which is ongoing aboard the orbital outpost.

Vaccines, modern medicine and the Semmelweis tradition

This guy Fauci is such a liar it is almost hard to believe he can still show his face in public: Fauci declares delta variant ‘greatest threat’ to the nation’s efforts to eliminate Covid. The thing is he is a medical doctor which means he once received a medical degree which in turn means he once did so well in high school that he could be accepted by some medical school. Which means we are dealing with a cohort of people who studied hard, listened to their teachers, did all their homework and always did what they were told. They are not your cohort of radical independent thinkers.

I am reminded of one of the greatest names in the history of science and medicine whose fate is a useful reminder of the dangers of listening to establishment doctors about anything radically new and different. If you don’t know his story, it is worth thinking about the example he set.

Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis (1 July 1818 – 13 August 1865) was a Hungarian physician and scientist, now known as an early pioneer of antiseptic procedures. Described as the “saviour of mothers”,[2] Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “childbed fever”) could be drastically cut by the use of hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Semmelweis proposed the practice of washing hands with chlorinated lime solutions in 1847 while working in Vienna General Hospital‘s First Obstetrical Clinic, where doctors’ wards had three times the mortality of midwives’ wards.[3] He published a book of his findings in Etiology, Concept and Prophylaxis of Childbed Fever.

Despite various publications of results where hand washing reduced mortality to below 1%, Semmelweis’s observations conflicted with the established scientific and medical opinions of the time and his ideas were rejected by the medical community. He could offer no acceptable scientific explanation for his findings, and some doctors were offended at the suggestion that they should wash their hands and mocked him for it. In 1865, the increasingly outspoken Semmelweis supposedly suffered a nervous breakdown and was committed to an asylum by his colleagues. In the asylum he was beaten by the guards. He died 14 days later, from a gangrenous wound on his right hand that may have been caused by the beating. Semmelweis’s practice earned widespread acceptance only years after his death, when Louis Pasteur confirmed the germ theory, and Joseph Lister, acting on the French microbiologist‘s research, practised and operated using hygienic methods, with great success.

So, doctor, what about Ivermectin and HCQ? And, by the way, just how safe are all these “vaccines”? Cancel culture is no doubt better than being incarcerated and then tortured in an asylum, but the effect is the same and the people in charge today are of the same variety of highly-intelligent highly-conformist experts Semmelweis had to deal with back then.

As for our modern Semmelweis moment, see below.

Being wise after the fact is the most common form of expertise of them all.

Lord Ashley and the true conservative tradition

There is a notion that conservative means opposed to change, to simply allow things to stay as they are. Let me therefore bring to your attention Lord Ashley, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. He’s the one whom Shaftesbury Avenue in London is named after. Here are some details from his life.

Ashley was elected as the Tory Member of Parliament in June 1826.

In March 1833, Ashley introduced the Ten Hours Act 1833 into the House of Commons, which provided that children working in the cotton and woollen industries must be aged nine or above; no person under the age of eighteen was to work more than ten hours a day or eight hours on a Saturday; and no one under twenty-five was to work nights. However the Whig government, by a majority of 145, amended this to substitute “thirteen” in place of “eighteen” and the Act as it passed ensured that no child under thirteen worked more than nine hours, insisted they should go to school, and appointed inspectors to enforce the law.

In March 1844, Ashley moved an amendment to a Factory Bill limiting the working hours of adolescents to ten hours after Sir James Graham had introduced a Bill aiming to limit their working hours to twelve hours. Ashley’s amendment was passed by eight votes, the first time the Commons had approved of the Ten Hour principle. However, in a later vote his amendment was defeated by seven votes and the Bill was withdrawn.

Ashley introduced the Mines and Collieries Act 1842 in Parliament to outlaw the employment of women and children underground in coal mines.

Ashley was a strong supporter of prohibiting the employment of boys as chimney sweeps

Shaftesbury was also a student of Edward Bickersteth and the two men became prominent advocates of Christian Zionism in Britain. Shaftesbury was an early proponent of the Restoration of the Jews to the Holy Land, providing the first proposal by a major politician to resettle Jews in Palestine.

In January 1839, Shaftesbury published an article in the Quarterly Review, which although initially commenting on the 1838 Letters on Egypt, Edom and the Holy Land (1838) by Lord Lindsay, provided the first proposal by a major politician to resettle Jews in Palestine:

The soil and climate of Palestine are singularly adapted to the growth of produce required for the exigencies of Great Britain; the finest cotton may be obtained in almost unlimited abundance; silk and madder are the staple of the country, and olive oil is now, as it ever was, the very fatness of the land. Capital and skill are alone required: the presence of a British officer, and the increased security of property which his presence will confer, may invite them from these islands to the cultivation of Palestine; and the Jews, who will betake themselves to agriculture in no other land, having found, in the English consul, a mediator between their people and the Pacha, will probably return in yet greater numbers, and become once more the husbandmen of Judaea and Galilee.

Shaftesbury served as the first president of the Society for the Suppression of the Opium Trade: a lobbying group dedicated to the abolition of the opium trade.

When he died, a funeral service was held in Westminster Abbey during early morning of 8 October 1885 and the streets along the route from Grosvenor Square and Westminster Abbey were thronged with poor people, costermongers, flower-girls, boot-blacks, crossing-sweepers, factory-hands and similar workers who waited for hours to see Shaftesbury’s coffin as it passed by. Due to his constant advocacy for the better treatment of the working classes, Shaftesbury became known as the “Poor Man’s Earl”. A white marble statue commemorates Shaftesbury near the west door of Westminster Abbey.


“This therapy … is reasonably suspected of having killed thousands of people and created serious injury in tens of thousands”

Is that actually true? The quote above is from Canadians Aren’t Being Told About Vaccine Risks written as a guest post on Donna Lafromboise blogsite by John Cunnington who is a former McMaster University associate professor. After a 38-year career as a respirologist and internal medicine physician, he retired in 2018. Here is the passage that should stop you in your tracks. He is talking about Canada.

Our federal and provincial governments are engaged in a program of administering to the entire Canadian population above the age of 12, a completely new, untried, experimental, non-FDA approvedgene therapy treatment. This therapy, according to US and European government adverse vaccine reaction databases, is reasonably suspected of having killed thousands of people, and created serious injury in tens of thousands. Meanwhile, the long-term consequences of the therapy are simply unknown….

Most Canadians taking the shot have no idea that there is a risk of blood clotting disorders, such as pulmonary embolism and stroke, of life-threatening immune processes such as vaccine-induced thrombocytopenia, or that young people taking the shot are at risk of the potentially fatal complication of myocarditis (nor are they informed that the risk of Covid itself is almost negligible for the young and healthy). 

If you wish to read further, by all means, but what you see here seems to be as forthright and clear as anything you might find anywhere to set out the risks and the dangers in being inoculated by any of the Covid “vaccines”. Is he right? Who knows. Nobody knows, and if they do know, they aren’t telling. We may not actually know for many years to come much about what is taking place right now. The only evidence I have that we are being systematically misled is what I have learned about Ivermectin and HCQ, both of which almost certainly seem to stop Covid in its tracks and both of which are almost universally condemned across the established medical landscape.

And to add to the above there is also this: mRNA vaccines appear to be damaging red blood cells.

Citing experts at the Meedan Digital Health Lab Reuters Fact Check vigorously asserts that the spike proteins induced by the COVID vaccines do not kill or damage cells.

Perhaps so, but something from the vaccines is causing deformations and apparent inflammation in red blood cells, as evidenced by images from microscopy photos. Images of blood cells taken before and after the vaccines can be seen starting about two minutes into the five-minute video. Postvaccine red blood cells exhibit rough instead of smooth edges, irregular shapes, and grouping together over time which is described as the “beginning form of thrombosis,” or blood clots. More research is needed to determine exactly what is causing these cell deformations.

There are also numerous tiny white particles in the photographs which are presumed to be lipid nanoparticles (LNP). The delicate mRNA fragments from Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are encased in LNP, which serves to protect the mRNA from disintegrating before it can do its job in our bodies. Pfizer conducted a biodistribution study where they injected rats with bioluminescent RNA-encapsulated LNP, and found that the LNP had travelled not only beyond the injection site, but throughout the circulatory and immune systems, and had accumulated in virtually every organ in the body.

Meanwhile, Spain and Russia are reportedly advising citizens to avoid air travel if they have been vaccinated for COVID-19. It’s common knowledge that flying frequently, especially on long distance international flights, can cause blood clots, but talk about mixed signals! What’s next, nonvaccination passports? The takeaway here ought to be that whether or not someone gets vaccinated should be a personal decision, and that the practice of forcing people, especially students and younger adults, to get vaccinated, should be abandoned.

We ought to be able to trust our medical authorities to inform us of what is going on and provide the information that will allow everyone to assess the risks. We are in the strangest situation where I feel I am able to trust various websites far more than anything told to me by public health officials or what I am reading in the newspaper or seeing on TV. 

AND ALSO NOW THIS: Thousands Of Women Report Period Problems Potentially Tied To COVID Jabs.

Complaints focused on “heavier than usual” bleeding, and it’s possible that this could have affected many more women who didn’t think to report their issues. The majority of issues were reported by women aged between 30 and 49. ;

So far, at least, MHRA says that there’s no evidence that it should add period complications to the list of side effects. That is, the “current evidence” don’t suggest an “increased risk of period problems following the jab, the regulator said.

But others are calling for more data to be collected. For example, Dr. Sue Ward, vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said “anecdotally some women seem to be reporting heavier periods after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine and we would support more data collection in this area to understand why this might be the case. If you do notice any bleeding that is unusual for you, we would recommend you contact your doctor.”

Complaints haven’t only been seen in the UK. In the US, some women have taken to Reddit to share their experiences.

It’s the vaccines themselves that will take you down

The Pandemic Is Over; Shots are Worthless is the title, but it’s more than that. It is about how we have been gulled into a trap set by some of the worst people ever to lead our nations. Here is the main message but the whole thing is worth your time. The bits in bold are from the author, not me.

If you tamper with this process with non-sterilizing vaccines that have nearly-universal coverage you can cause highly-virulent strains to circulate without being suppressed since the vaccinated person is both unlikely to be visibly ill and being vaccinated, if you make a public spectacle of it, means people won’t be afraid of them if they display symptoms even though they should be.  This is how you get a break-through of a highly-virulent strain that has many times higher fatality rates, and if it happens you’re ****ed.

That was a risk we ran but fortunately the shots were both too late and there are too many hold-outs for this to happen.  When uptake started to slow in the US I pointed out that a Marek’s disease nightmare, which was originally one of my concerns, was almost impossible because there was a large reservoir of people who refused the shots (myself included); their side effect profile bothered me a lot, they looked more dangerous compared to my risk from the virus and, in addition, I knew of and had early treatment options the media, government and pharma wanted suppressed and did suppress including HCQ, Ivermectin and now, it appears, some SSRIs.

This is a debate we all should have had in the open but, of course, we did not because social media, governments and so-called “experts” all conspired together to prevent it.  This is not conjecture nor a conspiracy theory; Youtube will kick off their platform anyone talking about early treatments.  Indeed Peter Kory had his Senate testimony removed by Youtube for this reason.  Imagine that — formal, sworn testimony before The US Senate is deemed “misinformation” and removed from your view.

Never mind the rest of the media which has all decided collectively to do the same thing and lie, costing hundreds of thousands of lives in the US alone.

Journalists are some of the dumbest people on the planet, worse than school teachers. Nothing you get from the media should ever be taken as true [maybe football scores and yesterday’s temperature but not much else]. We are being led down a garden path with only a slight idea of where we are to end up, but where we will end up will almost certainly be in the interests of those who doing the leading and not in the interests of those who are being led.