Word from the Dark Side – Classic quitter, Caucasians croaking, a clown cashes in and Covid restrictions for 15 more years

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Philadelphia Orchestra. Composed 1935-36. The bloke led an interesting life.

When Simole Biles freaked and quit, her brother was on trial for a triple murder. He got off. In the comments we learn her sister is also in jail for not-capable-of-living-in-the-modern-world offenses.

While we’re on the topic of female athletes of colour quitting, how could I have so easily forgotten the precursor to them all from Sydney 2000? Reading that 20-year-old article is like a glimpse into our dystopian present, but we didn’t know it at the time because we were too busy cheering on Cathy.

I found this blast from the past but it will probably mean little to foreigners:

White people have the lowest life expectancy of any ethnic group in England and Wales. Commenters cry discrimination and that may be part of it, but on the other hand I’ve seen what Poms eat. Anyway, we should leave wingeing for others and focus on fixing our own problems.

A local’s take on Covid in India. Western MSM painted a disaster while alt sources suggested The Drug That Must Not Be Named was turning things around. This account, however, paints a picture of corruption and incompetence on all levels. Sounds like nothing’s changed since I was there. I can’t summarize; best to read the whole thing.

Pretty girl:

Remember how the Great Barrier Reef is dying? Latest report says coral cover is highest since records began. This is ZeroHedge but the link checks out.

Also suprising everyone with signs of life is Australian Big Brother, celebrity edition. They invited British right-wing grifter Katie Hopkins, who got special permission to enter the country that Special People get. She joked about breaching quarantine, caused a fuss, got sacked by the network for playing the character they were paying her to play and had her Special Person visa revoked.

She’ll still get paid. That’s a damn easy $200K.

Australians sometimes go berserk about nonsense like that. Compare the saga of Frank Sinatra’s 1974 tour.

The man who could not watch television – short story from Middle American Lit about a man who lives his whole, modern life medically unable to look at a screen.

Delta, United Airlines Are Providing African Migrants Free Flights To The U.S.

Danaides by John William Waterhouse, 1903. HT

Iceland’s chief epidemiologist suggests Covid restrictions may last for the next 15 years.

In Australia, the PM says vaccines will be virtually mandatory – you won’t be able to travel or go out unvaxed.

Long Covid is now an official disability, alongside Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and Lyme’s Disease.

Via a commenter, Marek’s disease is a virus in chickens:

Because vaccination does not prevent infection with the virus, Marek’s is still transmissible from vaccinated flocks to other birds, including the wild bird population. The first Marek’s disease vaccine was introduced in 1970. The disease would cause mild paralysis, with the only identifiable lesions being in neural tissue. Mortality of chickens infected with Marek’s disease was quite low. Current strains of Marek virus, decades after the first vaccine was introduced, cause lymphoma formation throughout the chicken’s body and mortality rates have reached 100% in unvaccinated chickens.

The Marek’s disease vaccine is a “leaky vaccine”, which means that only the symptoms of the disease are prevented.[12] Infection of the host and the transmission of the virus are not inhibited by the vaccine. This contrasts with most other vaccines, where infection of the host is prevented. Under normal conditions, highly virulent strains of the virus are not selected. A highly virulent strain would kill the host before the virus would have an opportunity to transmit to other potential hosts and replicate. Thus, less virulent strains are selected. These strains are virulent enough to induce symptoms but not enough to kill the host, allowing further transmission.

However, the leaky vaccine changes this evolutionary pressure and permits the evolution of highly virulent strains.[13] The vaccine’s inability to prevent infection and transmission allows the spread of highly virulent strains among vaccinated chickens. The fitness of the more virulent strains is increased by the vaccine.

The evolution of Marek’s disease due to vaccination has had a profound effect on the poultry industry. All chickens across the globe are now vaccinated against Marek’s disease (birds hatched in private flocks for laying or exhibition are rarely vaccinated). Highly virulent strains have been selected to the point that any chicken that is unvaccinated will die if infected.[14] Other leaky vaccines are commonly used in agriculture. One vaccine in particular is the vaccine for avian influenza. Leaky vaccine use for avian influenza can select for virulent strains.[15]

I’m not an expert on this. Anyone know more?

A continuation of the discussion about Bukovsky’s To Build a Castle:

Bukovsky did everything in his considerable power to make [prison officials’ lives] more miserable than they made his. He became the ultimate jailhouse lawyer, for instance. If the regulations weren’t always followed precisely to the letter — and how could they be? — he’d fire off complaints to the authorities. It generated reams of paperwork, and all their responses, if not letter-perfect, would generate further reams of paperwork, and so on down the line. 

Man dies of ovarian cancer, you bigot.

Meanwhile in Japan, nothing happened this week.

That’s it.


  1. overgrownhobbit · July 31

    Very Dark Side. Something that might make you smile: https://youtu.be/nIwrgAnx6Q8


  2. dickycone · July 31

    I know it’s been years since you’ve been back to Australia, but have you been diving in the GBR in the last decade or so? Asking because while there is still plenty of coral in the reefs in Central America, it’s almost all a sickly brown or white color now, as opposed to the bright organes and pinks I remember from diving in the same places in the 1990s, which I assumed means that it’s dying. It seems like coworkers I’ve asked who are much more into diving than me and have been to SEA in recent years have reported the same discolored, unhealthy coral, so I’d assumed it was a worldwide thing. Great news if it’s not and coral is actually healthy in Australia and maybe other parts of the world.


    • Nikolai Vladivostok · July 31

      I don’t know anything about coral.


    • Gunner Q · August 1

      Brown sounds like a type of algae, zooxanthellae. In fish tanks that’s caused by nutrient/lighting imbalances. I doubt there’s been pollution going on in the GBR so my not-expert conclusion is that some Elite is artificially stimulating coral growth in a way that’s going to have future consequences.


  3. luisman · July 31

    If “long COVID” is a disability, “long Parlamentarian” should be as well. If anyone has it for more than 8 years, it must be aborted.


  4. Klaus · August 1

    Nick – if you like that style of painting, please add the Villa Stuck, Museum, in Munich to your “when-I-win-LOTTO” list. I went there last century – hahaha – for an exhibition of Soviet art (I ilked it) but it’s full of, I dunno, the slightly creepy (the face of on the barrel) painting and sculptures.

    Keep up the good work!

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