Open Forum: February 20, 2021

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Oh look, the cops are finding more and more home made illegal firearms.

    “Extremely Dramatic Increase” – Ghost Gun Seizures Up 400% In Baltimore City (22 Feb)

    A homemade or improvised firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers is becoming a significant problem across Baltimore City. These weapons are commonly referred to as “Ghost Guns,” are untraceable and can either be made from 80 percent lower kits or 3D-printers.

    The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore City Police said a sharp increase in ghost guns in the metro area had been seen.

    Baltimore Police Lt. Col. John Herzog told lawmakers this week that city police seized 126 ghost guns in 2020, up from 29 in 2019. The number of untraceable firearms seized in the city last year was more than all ghost guns seized statewide in 2019.

    “That’s an extremely dramatic increase,” Herzog said. “We know they are becoming more popular for criminals and gun traffickers.”

    Ah but surely when Biden bans guns these people will do their civic duty and hand them in.
    Numbers will comfort our concerns in this respect. Surely!

  2. Dave in Marybrook says:

    Men have dangles, but children should not be left with dangling participles, Lizzie.

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Men will walk through deserted carparks late at night, or down alleyways or any other type of place and will rarely consider the potential threat. Sometimes we exercise some caution but women, on the other hand, must be constantly alert.

    So true. I have written a review recently of ‘The Dig’, a film about the Sutton Hoo Barrows Fields, a vast and lonely expanse in East Anglia. I went there on an early Spring day when it was closed, the Interpretation Centre completely locked up. No-one around. The weather was unsettled and the ambience itself was spooky. I realised I was the only person in this lonely isolated place as I walked through the area alone. I did notice one other car parked in the car park and at first though that it was probably left there overnight. The further out I walked the more concerned I became that someone might be lurking around the barrows mounds, set to get me, and I made my car keys into a knuckle duster in my hand, just in case.

    A man would probably just have enjoyed the history and the walk, unconcerned by such thoughts.

  4. C.L. says:

    This is pretty funny…
    Doggos can be very jealous:

  5. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Well page 9 already

  6. Leigh Lowe says:


    #3764846, posted on February 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Josh announces that FB will restore oz news sites.
    Wonder what happened?

    No mention of FB paying for content.

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Page nine is busted.

  8. Mother Lode says:

    We something quite nice on the bus just now.

    At one stop an older Chinese(?) woman gets on with who would be her granddaughter who would have been 8 or 9 or 10 years old. The granddaughter speaks to the bus driver asking if the bus stopped near some place I did not hear.

    Driver says yes.

    As they make their way down the aisle a young woman leans out to the granddaughter and tells her how she can recognise the stop.

    A school kid in the seat behind me leaps up so grandmother and granddaughter can sit together without going up the narrow stairs to the rear part of the bus.

    Bus trundles along for a bit.

    The young woman hits the ‘stop’ button and turns to see if the woman and child realises it is their stop coming up. Other people pass on the message.

    As they head off the bus the child thanks the young woman and the driver. Can’t tell about granny because of the mask, and she likely may not fully have registered what had happened as it was in English.

    Result: Granny and kid needed help. They received help from the driver and unsolicited held from a stranger taking them exactly where they wanted to go. And courteously offered a seat from a kid to travel easier. All of them would have felt a bit happier. No net zero. Helping others is rewarding as is being helped.

    Living in a civil society made this happen. No legislation, by law, or other government coercion could have brought it about.

  9. C.L. says:

    Morrison government obeys the left, begins break-up of SAS:

    Defence has appointed an outsider to become the nation’s most senior special forces soldier, naming a former armoured unit commander to the post of Command Sergeant Major, Special Operations Command.

    Warrant Officer Class One Jae Robinson has been installed in the role, amid growing fallout from the Brereton war crimes report.

    His predecessor, Warrant Officer Class One John Letch, stood aside in December after a photo emerged of him drinking from a souvenired prosthetic leg in Afghanistan.

    It is the first time the high-profile position has been held by a soldier from outside the nation’s special forces units, in a dramatic attempt by Defence to address festering cultural problems.

    A senior special forces source said as a “non-beret qualified” soldier, WO1 Robinson’s appointment would cause consternation among Special Air Service and Commando Regiment operators.

  10. Nick says:

    Weird, Safari won’t show any comments here

  11. Nick says:

    Weird, my iPad won’t show any comments in both Safari and Chrome

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Tradie wins $400,000 payout after he was wrongly locked up on a ‘Schoolies’ themed cruise ship for six days over threesome with two 18-year-old girls

    Daniel Rawlings sued Royal Caribbean after he was wrongly detained on ship
    Rawlings was holidaying with a mate on the Explorer of the Seas in late 2016
    18-year-old girl he had threesome with was found wandering corridor, dazed
    He was locked up by the ship for six days in ‘solitary confinement’ court hears
    Rawlings was awarded $100k in damages and now legal costs as well
    Royal Caribbean has filed a notice of its intention to appeal decision

    Daily Mail

  13. incoherent rambler says:

    read this:

    I’m thinkin’ Dan of the Dead will be going to an election just after some horror bushfires.

  14. incoherent rambler says:

    I can post but nor read.

  15. incoherent rambler says:

    Invisible ink.

  16. lotocoti says:

    Was ist los?

  17. Old School Conservative says:

    Hellooo. Just testing.

  18. Well that’s buggered that up.

  19. Mother Lode says:

    Hello? Hello?


    Is this thing on?

    Seems to be no new comments.

  20. steve trickler says:

    Reverting back to gulag to access the CAT.


  21. Indolent says:

    Has there been some sort of bunfight with the comments turned off as a result? This morning I could read the comments and when I came back this afternoon I couldn’t. What happened?

  22. Leigh Lowe says:

    Air hellair!

  23. Steve trickler says:

    Looks like I’ve been given the boot. All comments are blocked at my end. Wonderful. Tried posting on another browser.


  24. Carpe Jugulum says:


  25. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    Hello … Hello … is there anybody around?

    Have we been cast adrift from the Failed States of America? Have we been deregistered by the NRL? Are segs freak show types under represented at Catallaxy, forcing withdrawal of its social licence?

  26. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I wonder if she’ll be banned like Craig Kelly?

    Harvard prof: Study shows slavery reparations ‘could have been as effective’ as COVID-19 vaccine

    Harvard Medical School assistant professor Michelle E. Morse says a new study she participated in demonstrates how slavery reparations “could have been as effective as a vaccine” for COVID-19.

    Who am I kidding, she’s a Harvard Medical School professor. We must believe the Science!

  27. incoherent rambler says:

    I like this new format catallacksy.

    Quick, responsive. As a blog should be.

  28. hzhousewife says:

    Daughter came home and said her history class watched videos of history’s greater orators.

    She should go back to the teacher and ask for a lesson on history’s greatest orations, and see how many match.

  29. 132andBush says:



  30. kaysee says:

    In other news, the sun rises in the east, the Pope is a catholic …………

    This opinion piece has been written by Italian Catholic journalist Aldo Maria Valli.

    Rome Without A Pope: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is There, but not Peter.

    Rome is without a pope. The thesis that I intend to support can be summarized in these five words. When I say Rome, I am not referring only to the city of which the pope is the bishop. When I say Rome, I mean the world; I mean the present reality.

    The pope, although physically present, in reality is not there, because he does not do what the pope does. He is there, but he does not perform his duty as successor of Peter and vicar of Christ. Jorge Mario Bergoglio is there; Peter is not.

    Who is the pope? ……………………….

  31. calli says:

    Hamsters have finally given up the ghost, poor little buggers.

  32. Tailgunner1 says:



    Everyone knows diamonds are worthless
    Only revolutionary hands now, pedes

  33. Tailgunner1 says:

    Claiming this page for Anons.
    *Lights up*

  34. Tailgunner1 says:

    Sinclair has been JasonBourned.

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  38. stackja says:

    Tom toons not appear at 4am?

  39. Reference to the refusal of the Acting Sec Gen. to allow Texas to use its own energy supplies to prevent the gas pipes freezing.

    Informed ahead of the weather system’s arrival, Governor Abbott and ERCOT applied for relaxation of environmental standards to access enough regional energy to keep homes and businesses warm enough to stave off frozen pipes and, in the end, fatalities due to the extreme cold. Acting Secretary of Energy David Huizenga denied the requests because firing up more natural gas and other fossil fuel generators would surpass the emission allowance regulations.

    From Gateway Pundit.
    The bastards did this on purpose.

  40. In addition to my post above…
    The US government via one of President Bidens executive orders, deliberately crashed the Texas power grid, causing the deaths of scores of Texans.
    Perhaps this will cause a few people to remember why they have a second amendment.
    (Yes, I’m joking.)

  41. Herodotus says:

    Catallaxy must have been hacked.
    Probably those Trumpophile Insurrectionists again. Capable of anything.

  42. Snoopy says:

    Fucking unreal. Victorians almost destroy the Queensland prawn industry. Fined just $80k.

  43. Black Ball says:

    Pertinent in today’s climate. One of Piers Akerman’s finest

  44. Rorschach says:

    No idea what anyone above said … but I’ve no idea what Biden said here…

  45. Rorschach says:

    This is an absolute crack up! More ! Encore! Bravo!

  46. Tom says:

    Sadly, until Jacques and the Cat”s hamster wranglers declare success, cartoons are just a figment of our imaginations and can’t be summonsed to the mind’s eye via the usual HTML code.

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