Unhappy Anniversary, Ukraine

Posted: February 24, 2023 in Europa, Politics, Refugees
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Written by Max Gross, 24 February 2023

Today marks one year since Russian Czar Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine.

The war rolls on but appears to be at a stalemate, despite – or, rather, because of – the involvement of foreign mercenaries and massive amounts of miltary hardware donated to Ukraine by the US, EU, UK and even Australia.

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Written by Max Gross, 30 November 2022

This morning Scott Morrison – Sideshow Scott, Scotty from Marketing, the Liar from the Shire, Bullshit Boy, Pastor Disaster – was censured by Parliament, the first former prime minister in Australia’s history to be officially and thoroughly condemned by his peers, the condemnations set in Hansard, forever.

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Written by Max Gross, 10 September 2022

Elizabeth Windsor, the “Queen” of England has finally died, aged 97, having “reigned” for 70 years.

She and her inbred brood have been a background noise all my life but I still have no bloody idea what she or they actually did/do for a living.

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Written by Max Gross, 19 August 2022

And there I was thinking I would never have to write another word about the demented Scott feckin’ Morrison.

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Written by Max Gross, 22 May 2022

That’s it. Done, dusted and exhausted. My bottle of Proper Twelve Irish whiskey is empty and the worst, most corrupt, cruel and duplicitous prime minister and Australian government in history has been roundly crushed and routed.

It feels less of an historic victory than a return to basic human decency.

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Written by Max Gross, 1 May 2022

‘The Liberal Party has tended to avoid worrying the electorate with actual policies, focusing instead on proving the truth of the observation from H.L. Mencken to the effect that ‘the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.’

I stopped watching televised news after the 2019 federal election. I just use the TV screen to watch Netflix or DVDs now. For the 2022 election I have avoided most “news” reports about it and have just dabbled here and there on social media and independent online news sites. So much better for my blood pressure!

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Written by Max Gross, 30 March 2022

Once again Facebook has temporarily banned me from its “social media” platform because I said mean things about the bizarre Hillsong megachurch. And since I am permanently banned by Twitter for saying mean things about serial RWNJ Milo Yappapopolous, I shall vent my spleen here.

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Written by Max Gross, 9 March 2022

Despite Australia’s federal and state governments pretty much abandoning all responsibility for the health and safety of the citizenry, the Covid pandemic remains a constant threat. Not that gormless Freedumbers give a shit. End Times and blocked dunny drains!

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Written by Max Gross, 2 March 2022

Fires in the west, floods in the east. Welcome to Australia as Autumn arrives. Meanwhile, in the Northern Hemisphere, Ukraine has skipped Spring and plunged into a Russian Winter of discontent.

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Written by Max Gross, 9 February 2022

After going back to school in New South Wales as instructed by the government, more than 3,000 people – about 2,400 students and more than 600 school workers – tested positive to Covid in the first week of term.

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Written by Max Gross, 13 January 2022

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer has admitted that about half of all the infections in Australia since the start of the pandemic have occurred this year, in the past fortnight!

As we were warned, there were more than 145,000 more Covid-19 cases recorded nationally as New South Wales rapid antigen (RAT) tests are finally added to the “official” statistics (Remember the previous NSW premier, Gladys B’s absurd declaration of “Green shoots”!).

This morning NSW reported a total of 92,264 new infections, now including 61,387 RAT results (backdated to 1 January) as well as 30,877 PCR results, 2,383 hospitalisations and 22 more deaths. But you can bet the actual infection rate is a lot higher than the current NSW premier or the Pentecostal prime minister will ever acknowledge.

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Written by Max Gross, 12 January 2022

The Aussie state of New South Wales this morning admitted to 34,759 additional COVID-19 cases and a record 21 more deaths in the so-called “24-hour reporting period to 8pm last night”, with 2,242 COVID victims now in hospital and 175 people in intensive care. Of course by now it is clear that the infection rate is actually much higher because these case numbers do not include rapid antigen test results [RAT].

As reported in The Guardian online this evening, “The number of Covid-19 cases reported in New South Wales is set to explode on Thursday after more than 50,000 people registered positive rapid antigen tests on the government’s new app within six hours of it launching”. Tomorrow!

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Written by Max Gross, 10 January 2022

Australia has now passed more than 1 million Covid-19 infections. Deaths will increase in the next 3-5 weeks because apparently that’s how long it takes on average to die from the virus.

So what does the Scott Morrison PM do? He coughs up a new glib slogan: we are now “pushing through” the pandemic (A few days ago it was the equally asinine “Ride the wave”). Service industry workers are falling like nine-pins and all Sideshow Scott has to say is we are “pushing through”. He is an idiot.

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RATs & Vice

Posted: January 9, 2022 in #coronavirus, #Lockdown, Australia, COVID19, Politics

Written by Max Gross, 9 January 2022

There are now supposedly more than 94,000 new Covid-19 cases nationwide. Official figures suggest that around 800,000 Australians have been infected by the virus.

“Realistically”, says strategic consultant Troy Bilsborough (Who?), a former health media adviser in the Abbott and Turnbull governments, “it is probably double that; it is probably up to 2 million.”

This all going according to Scott Morrison PM’s Plan. I believe we are now at Stage eleventy and Phase Q.

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Written by Max Gross, 8 January 2022

I am convinced Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison is insane. IMO he WANTS the Covid-19 pandemic to get worse because a global catastrophe confirms his Pentecostal delusions of End Times and The Rapture. After all, he has claimed he was chosen by his god to become PM.

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Written by Max Gross, 5 January 2022

What a difference a day makes.

35,054 more Covid cases in my rooted, rorted home state of New South Wales overnight. But no worries, everything is perfectly fine according to the gibbering, jabbering religious fanatics in charge of this escalating public health crisis.

To quote Raina MacIntyre Professor of Global Biosecurity, NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Head, Biosecurity Program, Kirby Institute, UNSW, “Australia has swung from one extreme in pandemic control to the other – having great control of COVID, to now having the world’s highest rise in daily cases.”

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Written by Max Gross, 3 January 2022

You are expendable. Your family and friends are expendable. If you are old or frail or ill or otherwise vulnerable you are especially expendable, as Sideshow Scott, prime minister of Australia, has repeatedly made clear from the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Written by Max Gross, 31 December 2021

More than 20,000 new covid infections in New South Wales overnight, almost double yesterday’s official numbers released by the state government (Even though the Chief Medical Officer admits “it is likely that the case numbers are higher than that”) .

Who’s taking bets? 40,000 more covid infections tomorrow? 80,000 on Sunday? 160,000 Monday?? Tuesday???

Gold standard? Boy, am I getting shitfaced tonight!

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Written by Max Gross, 30 December 2021

New South Wales breaks another daily Covid-19 record with 12,226 more cases, 1 more death; Victoria 5,137 cases, 13 deaths, but accidental NSW Premier Perrottet has no regrets for his lethal stuff-ups and Prime Minister Morrison’s shitshow has redefined what constitutes a “close contact”, which the Australian Medical Assocation says will accelerate the Omicron outbreak.

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Written by Max Gross, 9 September 2020

It’s here. It’s in my home town on the dozey Far South Coast of New South Wales.

Two Covid-19 cases have been identified right here in Merimbula. Among the eight exposure sites between Tura Beach and Eden are the ones I always expected to make the list: the local Woolworths and the Medical Centre I normally go to.

Luckily, I have scarcely set foot outside in two months.

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Written by Max Gross, 3 September 2021

On 18 June this year – two days after this latest outbreak started – the New South Wales government announced two locally acquired cases of Covid-19.

This morning, the plague state of New South Wales announced another 1,431 Covid-19 cases and 12 more deaths to 8pm last night, a new daily record for Australia.

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Written by Max Gross, 1 September 2021

The news headlines regarding New South Wales are growing increasingly bizzare, as bizzare in fact as the state premier’s statements.

This morning, as NSW admitted to another 1,116 new Covid-19 infections in the 24 hours to 8:00pm last night – and another four deaths – Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state had done “very well”.

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Written by Max Goss, 29 August 2021

Another dismal day Down Under as the Coronavirus wends its larrikan way across the Lucky Country, as author Donald Horne once acerbicly described Australia.

The eastern state of New South Wales continues demonstrating its so-called “gold standard”. Or at least that is what both the incompetent Scott Morrison, the (alleged) Prime Minister, and the equally incompetent NSW Premier Gladys B call it.

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Written by Max Gross, 20 August 2021

Phoned my local General Practioner and booked a vaccination. At my age the only available option is Astra-Zeneca or nothing. A three week wait.

Astra-Zeneca, which is apparently getting rebranded as Vaxzevira to distance the product from all the bad publicity and hesitancy.

An hour later the clinic phoned to say they have had a cancellation and I can get vaxed tomorrow morning!

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Written by Max Gross, 14 August 2021

When will NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her dodgy state government colleagues be arrested for criminal negligence?

This morning she announced 466 additional Covid-19 cases, four more deaths and 5km travel limit (down from the laughable 10km) for greater Sydney.

If Gladys had implemented a strict lockdown for all Sydney and surrounds two months ago we would not now be in this growing crisis.

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Written by Max Goss, 11 July 2021

In February 2020, the Australian prime Minister Scott Morrison declared a pandemic and then sat on his arse while the Ruby Princess sailed into Sydney Harbour and dispersed the novel coronavirus across the country.

Ever since, it has been a game of ‘rona whack-a-mole.

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‘Today the Victorian outbreak reached 60 cases and it was announced the lockdown would continue in Greater Melbourne for another seven days” while “NSW health authorities are working against the clock to determine when COVID-19 spread between the members of a Victorian family who holidayed in NSW more than a week ago… So far 243 people have been identified as casual contacts…”

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Written by Max Gross, May 3 2021

Has there ever been a greater admission of failure by an Australian government?

The reactionary Morrison LNP government is threatening Aussies attempting to fly home from India with 5 years in jail or a fine of up to $66,000 after dribbling idiot Health Minister Greg *unt made the unprecedented decision with an emergency determination under the Biosecurity Act that he did NOT implement for the UK or USA when those countries fell off the Covid-19 cliff.

Australia’s Prime Monster
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Written by Max Gross, 21 February 2021

The Prime Minister demonstrates his empathy

Covid19 vaccinations began in Australia today with Prime Minister Scott Morrison among the first handful of recipients, naturally.

He was always going to be at the front of the queue.

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by Max Gross, 29 November 2020

Australia’s bushfire ‘season’ has begun.

Begun? It never ended!

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By Max Gross, October 17 2020

Here in Australia the state of Victoria’s COVID19 numbers have plummeted and NSW’s is creeping up again but our Pentecostal prime minister prefers to just let ‘er rip, undermining serious efforts by State leaders to contain the virus.

Meanwhile, here are some interim global statistics.

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Written by Max Gross, 15 August 2020

The latest startling local coronavirus news should pop the Australian state of News South Wales’ bubble of complacency but I doubt most people here will wake up.

Wearing a mask is just such a hassle and we miss playing the pokies and pub crawling wa-aaay too much. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Max Gross, 9 August 2020

“One in 12 Australians are drinking alcohol every day during the coronavirus outbreak”, according a new Alcohol and Drug Foundation survey.

I got in early. Read the rest of this entry »

Olympus Has Fallen

Written by Max Gross, 3 June 2020

With the official COVID19 restrictions easing across Australia, last week I left my bunker for a REAL cup of coffee with great trepidation.

Great trepidation was glad to see me after three month’s absence. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Max Gross, 29 April 2020

Welcome to the new normal!

In Australia, some 800,000 freshly minted unemployed folk have finally had their “jobseeker” claims processed.

Many more have not. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Let the Bugs Out?

Written by Max Gross, 14 April 2020

While Sideshow Scott’s federal gunnament continues to avoid answering the question of who authorised the docking and disembarkation of coronavirus-carrying passengers on the Ruby Princess in Sydney – and with Border Farce Obergruppenfuhrer Kartoffelpuffer seemingly in hiding – here are a few new Covid19 facts and figures. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Max Gross, 30 March 2020

While 37 per cent of Australia’s workforce are at risk of job loss because businesses and workplaces have ceased operation due to the novel coronavirus pandemic,  my other half is working from home and is lucky her employers could arrange that. Read the rest of this entry »

Coronavirus by the Numbers

By Max Gross, 27 March 2020

Australians still do not realise the seriousness of the COVID19 pandemic and Sideshow Scott and the federal government’s fumbling, bumbling response is not helping get that crucial message across.

The insurance industry takes is seriously though.

TAL, which is owned by the Japanese insurance giant Dai-ichi Life and has almost 4 million Australian customers, has reportedly added an exclusion clause for the coronavirus in new insurance policies. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daze of Wine and Coronavirus

Written by Max Gross, 26 March 2020

With the wheels falling off the federal government, the “economy” and that arcane maze of bullshit and debasement called Centrelink,  I braved the outside world to tramp to Woolwarts where the only people wearing protective face masks and rubber gloves were some of the staff. Read the rest of this entry »


Written By Max Gross, 23 March 2020

Slower than a speeding mollusc, weaker than a newborn kitten, unable to leap matchboxes in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a turd. It’s a drain! It’s Scrotty from Marketing!

Yes, folks, Australia has officially gone off the cliff.

“Australia has now sprinted past 1,000 cases, with the number doubling over each of the past three days, and it is likely this acceleration is only the beginning”, according to an online report in The Guardian. Read the rest of this entry »


Written and then rewritten by Max Gross, 18 – 20 March 2020

What a difference a week makes.

Get off the roof and get in the bunker! Read the rest of this entry »

Is this the end, beautiful friend? Not by a bloody long shot so get off the roof!

Written by Max Gross, 5 March 2020

It’s a epidemic but not a pandemic. Read the rest of this entry »

Australia burns while the government ignores reality

First it was Sydney, then Canberra, now Melbourne is opaque with acrid bushfire smoke, the worst it has ever endured.

Smoke from catastrophic bushfires – mega-fires and firestorms – still burning across north east Gippsland has drifted south and turned suburban air hazardous.

Overnight the EPA rated Melbourne’s air quality the worst in the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Max Gross, Monday 6 January 2020

It is cold here in Melbourne – 15c – overcast, raining intermittently today and yesterday, the first “rain” I have seen in months, but this drizzle will have no effect on the catastrophic bushfires that have been burning since September and exploded on NYE, leaving me marooned, the Princes Highway north of Bairnsdale cut off in numerous places. Read the rest of this entry »

Scorched earth agenda ramps up after LNP scrapes back into government

Written by Max Gross
Saturday 1 June 2019

“That’s a slogan, not a policy” – Anthony Albanese

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want too test a man’s character, give him power” – Abraham Lincoln

“He who wins through fraud is not a winner” – Umar ibn al-Khattab (Al-Farooq)

“Aussies are happy in their materialistic world as long as water is coming out of the tap and nothing bad lands on their doorstep” – Sue C. Read the rest of this entry »

All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose!

Written by Max Gross

Monday 18 March 2019

Brecht was right.

“Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the bastard is dead, the bitch that bore him is again in heat”.

And here we are in the 21st Century and the barbarians ARE inside the gates.

Six years of relentless opportunistic LNP dog-whistling xenophobia, Islamophobia, bigotry and racism has finally paid off: on Friday 15 March a “white supremacist” – an Aussie – murdered 51 people in Christchurch New Zealand as they prayed. Fifty people are injured. The killer went from one mosque to a second before he was arrested by police. Read the rest of this entry »

The CBA & the Royal Commission the LNP tried to stop

Written by Max Gross

“Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country” – Karl Kraus (April 28, 1874 – June 12, 1936)

“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage” – The Bible

“We have the best government that money can buy” – Mark Twain (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910)

Last year the scandal-riddled Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) was charged with 53,700 breaches of money laundering and counter-terrorism-financing laws worth “around $624.7m”,  according to the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac), the financial intelligence agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Peering through the periscope of his hidden Far South Coast bunker, Max Gross, raving reporteur for xenoxnews.com, appraises the state of Australia’s stinking, carcass-strewn political battlefield and makes ready with vomit bags, mops  and hoses. No bandages needed, no prisoners taken!

Written by Max Gross

All you need to know about Federal Trasherer Scoff Morbidscum‘s last ever budget is this: the rich will get richer, the poor get a kick in the guts and spit in the face. Angels will fly from your arse before the LNP does a damned thing to improve the lives of  Untermenschen.   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Max Gross

(*With apologies to George Gershwin and Georges Guetary)

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Written by Max Gross

The current debacle involving Australian MPs found by the High Court to be dual-citizens and thus law breakers in breach of the Constitution and ineligible to sit in parliament has been as entertaining as it is bewildering.

That the prime minister Malcolm Turnbull jumped up in full torque sanctimony and faux indignation to defend the fraudulent Josh Frydenberg by mentioning the War, the Holocaust, and Josh’s long-suffering refugee mother, was a sign of just how far gone this lame duck PM and dysfunctional, discredited LNP government are. Read the rest of this entry »