Mandated irony

By February 13, 2022Australian Politics, Society

While I realise that it is unsavoury to mock the afflicted, it is difficult not to burst out laughing at the poor gullible buggers in the 2022 Convoy to Canberra, who received a Facebook post, presumably from one of the organisers. This post read: 

“Hi beautiful EPIC tribe hears [sic] a quick update from your camp organisers about the kitchen situaton [sic].

As you all know we had [a] visit from the Health Protection Services people today because of the really bad gastro in camp and the pink eye. We can still make the food for everyone but we have to wear the food hygine [sic] or they will shut the kitchen. As a result we are need [sic] all the spare masks, hand sanitising and gloves in camp. If you have any then take [them] to the kitchen please.

Thank you beautiful people!”1

The Health Protection Service is part of the Australian Capital Territory Department of Health and deals with food-related complaints or concerns, or for advice on food business regulation and safety and hygiene requirements2.

Pink-eye is an American name for conjunctivitis and it is an inflammation or infection of the transparent membrane (conjunctiva) that lines your eyelid and covers the white part of your eyeball. It can be caused by simple irritation, or a bacterial or viral infection3.

The infection that is termed ‘gastro’ is gastroenteritis and can be caused by viruses, bacteria (e.g. Salmonella), parasites (e.g. Giardia) or assorted toxic chemicals4.

I suspect the irony of these anti-mandate, antivaxxers, and QAnon nutters being examined by health professionals for a communicable infection, and their kitchen staff being mandated to wear food hygiene equipment (gloves, masks) and use hand sanitising chemicals is lost on them.

As I suggest above, it is difficult not to burst out laughing, and that effort was beyond me. I am sorry for mocking the afflicted.

Sources

  1. https://twitter.com/AlanBixter/status/1492652901193367555
  2. https://www.health.act.gov.au/contact-us
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pink-eye/symptoms-causes/syc-20376355
  4. https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/gastroenteritis

20 Comments

  • Arthur Baker says:

    As I’ve written previously, dumb is not an aberration. Dumb is the norm. Failure to properly research a subject, and the ignorance which results from that failure, are not the exception. They are the rule. If you’ve never been taught, not only how to research, not only the necessity for research, but even what the hell research is, or you’ve rejected such teaching when it was offered, on the basis that it’s all too hard or it sounds too much like what elites spend their time doing, you won’t do any research worthy of the name. That is the norm. We all know people who simply agree with the last person they spoke to. That also tends to be a norm.

    If you spend your life assuming that people will do research or wishing they would, you’ll live in a constant state of disappointment. I find it much easier to assume everyone will be as dumb as a tree, and am regularly delighted when I find someone who isn’t.

    As for “sorry for mocking the afflicted”, I guess I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t think Morrison was truly sorry for what he said he was sorry for last week.

    • admin says:

      Arthur,
      I realise that so many people are out of their depth in trying to effectvely google stuff to find out much of anything. However, the exquisite irony of these muppets following medical advice and mandates because they are afflicted with the purple squirts and pink-eye (how colourful!), was just too wonderful to pass up.

      • Arthur Baker says:

        There are hints of the German Schadenfreude, the French joie maliigne, and even W.S. Gilbert’s “let the punishment fit the crime” in all of this. And yes, I have to say, I’m nowhere near immune to it. Said he, quietly smirking.

    • James Faulkner says:

      Arthur, I completely agree.

      I don’t know if you have ever read a crappy fantasy novel called Wizard’s First Rule, but the first rule of wizardry in that was “people are stupid”. Expecting intelligent behaviour from the morass of poorly educated, moronic numbskulls that makes up the bulk of the population (why else are we left arguing religious privilege and woman’s right to be treated decently while the sports, winter or not, dominates the news cycle every friggin day) is much like expecting a different result from a flawed experiment. Pointless, insane, retarded. This is where the DK effect kicks in at our inability to understand how fucking stupid they really are.

      • admin says:

        James,
        Not having been anywhere near the EPIC diarrhoea camping party, I do not know how the health professionals of the ACT explained the required health measures to prevent the spread of the purple squirts, but I do wonder if it was framed as ‘you need to do this to protect people from the infection’. If the squirters acquiesced, it is clear that they only worry about something when it affects them personally.

  • Jon says:

    While gastro would have been a deservedly unpleasant experience, the prevailing attitude among the rabble will be that someone else will clean up their mess and provide health services irrespective of their behaviour. A large number of them obviously hadn’t paid for a camping site and associated services
    (they pulled down fences and barriers which were to be used for the Lifeline book fair, which had to be cancelled as a result) so hopefully the dunnies were getting minimal cleaning. The organiser should receive a bill for the damage done to fencing and any additional costs associated with their invasion of EPIC but undoubtedly ACT taxpayers will be left to foot the bill.

    In yet another deflection of responsibility, Morrison, echoing Trump’s “there are good people on both sides” sop to his racists and rw extremists, has said he understands protestors’ concerns and has blamed the states for mandatory vaccination rules. Just another case of Mr Delete. Apparently he’s already forgotten sending Djokovic packing and doesn’t know his own govt’s rules of entry to the country include mandatory vaccination (with some exceptions).

    • admin says:

      Jon,
      Morrison has done that consistently; never criticising any of these anti-everything people, but coming down hard on anything that doesn’t fit with his ideal of control.

  • James Faulkner says:

    It was how sic they were that amuses me.

  • Jon says:

    Apparently this rabble’s takeover of EPIC also shut down the Farmers’ Markets, which resulted in a food charity not receiving their usual delivery of leftovers. That raises obvious questions about mgt of EPIC. Who permitted them to move into areas they did not hire? Why weren’t police immediately sent to move them out of these areas? What will the Barr government do to ensure such unruly and lawless behaviour doesn’t recur? It seems that if you have enough numbers then authorities will simply turn a blind eye. It was ironic today that when police used loud hailers to inform the remaining campers that they were required to vacate the area, a couple of dozen used loud hailers to question their authority. In other words – we are a law unto ourselves, and we haven’t got a clue.

    If you trawled through some of the more extreme “freedom agitators” commented (including one who has political associations and aspirations) you will find statements about armed “revolution” and executing politicians and authorities when they somehow get hold of the levers of power. Anyone wishing to dip their toes into the murky world of neo-fascists might want to read some of slackbastard’s blogs, if only to get an inkling of what security agencies are spending millions on these days. Eg” https://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=48813. Came across this after reading the brief SMH refernce to rw and freedom extremists.

  • clive pegler says:

    a marvelous little piece from ‘The Shovel’ t’other day

    𝐅𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐮𝐜𝐤 𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭

    Holding a ‘No Lockdown’, ‘QAnon’, ‘My body my choice’, National Rifle Association and Nazi placard, as well as a Eureka flag and a quote from the United States Constitution, a ‘Convoy to Canberra’ protesters says he will be here every single day until someone tells him what on earth he is protesting about.

    “I’m livid,” he told the crowd over a megaphone. “Day in, day out we come here and still no-one can tell us why. Well it’s time for this government to stop withholding this information from us. It’s a breach of the 1949 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and we’ve had enough!”

    and on a slightly tangential note, a text that apparently circulated amongst the ‘happy campers’, concerning one of their number who had succumbed to a wasp sting to the neck and rushed to ER. A few hours later, another text began circulating, claiming that the ER dept had determined that the victim had been shot with a dart containing Moderna and warning the ‘freedumers’ to be be safe and be on the lookout for drone wasps.

    Whilst i cannot 100% testify to the veracity, i did see it on fb, and that certainly seems good enough for some. Although what did surprise me was that they seemingly hadn’t considered the possibility of moderna weaponized robot birds.

    • Jon says:

      The shovel’s satire is not dissimilar to this classic from slackbastard’s site:
      Two Greek anarchists are making molotov cocktails. One says to the other: “So who will we throw these at then?” The other replies: “What are you, some kind of fucking intellectual?”
      Slackbastard decribes himself as an anarchist who hates nazis. Identity unknown despite many attempts to unmask him, he has dedicated countless hours to exposing extreme right wing nutjobs and their associates. Deserves a medal – at least a knighthood he can lampoon – imo.

    • admin says:

      Clive,
      Doin’t speak too soon. There is actually a group (in the US) which believes birds do not exist. They believe birds to be government drones.

  • Anne Thompson says:

    I loved the irony of this Blot Report and shared it on Facebook. Well – I’ve just about been crucified – and by many so-called friends!! Told I was dis-crediting the Epic Camp and that I’m even a bully! All very upsetting for an 83 yr old lady. Seems a person called Tia Williams has a wicked sense of humor and was putting up posts supposedly from Epic Camp in Canberra. Quite outrageous, but very funny to us – the vaxed ones!! This must have been picked up by Alan Baxter – Immunologist who goes by @Alan Bixter on Twitter, which is probably where you got it from? I have now been accused of sharing ‘fake news!” Shock, horror!! PS. I do have some screen shots of the original perpetrator, which are actually quite humorous, but I can’t seem to share them with you.

    • admin says:

      Anne,
      I was a little suspicious of some of these things that came from assorted sources. The problem is some of the stuff from these antivaxxers and antimandaters are commonly so wacky they are almost impossible to distinguish from satire.

    • Jon says:

      Discrediting the EPIC camp(ers) Anne? They’ve done that job extremely well themselves. There are probably a few among them with genuine grievances worthy of respect, the ability to think for themselves, and actual knowledge of the issue they’ve latched on to, but for the most part they appear to be the usual assortment of gullible, ignorant and socially irresponsible patsies with no respect for others or the laws of the land.

  • Russell says:

    LOOK HERE youse peeple what is so up yourselfs that you are larfing like hyenas at the fine upstanding folks at EPIC last week. Why doen’t you o-so-brainy basterds go get yourself a job, insted of siting around just making mockeree of good sitizins whose wised up to all the evil tricks and filthy plots the guvinment is making aginst us true blue Aussies. The Convoy to Canbera contained the smartest guys in this nayshun, so shut up and listen to them you idiots with uni degreees. Only us normal peeple can save Straya from moderna wasps and contrail poisons and the other bad bad shit being dun to destroy our brains. Get real, join Q-Anon to find out the dirty trooth behind the Cow vid vaxine !

    • admin says:

      Russell,
      Your, um, diatribe above is not too far removed from some of the rants I have seen from selected EPIC diarrhoea enthusiasts and their supporters. One of them quotes the bible at me. Dunning Kruger Effect in spades. These people do not seem to realise that since January 8th this year, Australia has had more people killed by Covid-19, than were killed in the previous 2 years of the pandemic.

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