Category Archives: Australia
Australia is the name of an island continent in the southern hemisphere, between the pacific and Indian oceans. Europeans arrived in great numbers starting on January 26 1788. Extensive conflict with the original peoples ( who had been living there for at least 40,000 years) has continued in different forms to the present day. No peace treaty has ever been signed.
Melbourne has been plunged into another lockdown to ward of the spread of coronavirus. In a positively dystopian display of force, the police and the army have been deployed to form a ring of (blue) steel around metropolitan Melbourne, while drones and number plate recognition are used to catch trespassers into country Victoria or worse, NSW.
Chairman Dan is seen on TV urging people to stay home and follow the rules, which amount to nothing less but a kind of home imprisonment.
Have we learnt nothing from the previous 10 weeks of lockdown?
Lockdowns don’t work. Anybody who believes they do is a delusional fool.
What they do , is kick the can down the road while taking a away people’s liberty and running the economy against the wall.
After 10 weeks of lockdown combined with international border control and hotel quarantine , things were looking up in Victoria, but it was only a small window of reprieve. It turned out that while police was busy fining people for fishing or leisure driving, the hotel quarantine for incoming travelers had been mismanaged and the virus got out into the community.
One of the reasons lockdowns don’t work is that people override the rules. The police can not be everywhere and fine everybody. They would be especially reluctant to interfere in some migrant communities where aggressive behavior is common.
They claimed it was impossible to fine the BLM matter protesters, all 10 000 of them who flaunted the rules of social distancing.
Now the “authorities” believe they can contain Melbourne (just like they thought they could contain a few postcodes), but it’s only a matter of time until the virus leaks out into the surrounding countryside and a full statewide lockdown will probably follow in 2 weeks time (and that’s optimistic, it may be less than a week.)
Even if the virus does not leak it will require too many police resources to stop people from leaving Melbourne’s enormous metropolitan area.
And then what? We go for 6 weeks or possible longer as Dan Andrews is already threatening?
Why does the government not understand that we cannot have infinite lockdowns to save a few people at the expense of millions?
Lockdowns don’t work, not only because we can never rely on everybody to do the right thing, but because even when we weld people into apartments, the virus still exists somewhere in the world and will find another way in.
The only way this ends is by reasonable social distancing measures, banning mass events (with huge fines for organizers) and protecting the vulnerable while allowing the virus to spread slowly among the young Working from home and online schooling are also good options for stopping the spread.
It’s ridiculous to say that children are harmed by not attending school. Humanity survived for centuries without mandatory schooling and people still manged to learn and develop.
Children still need to socialize, but a ban on mandatory school attendance is necessary to protect vulnerable parents and grandparents. School could remain optional for those who want or need it.
The young adult population are the ones least likely to be affected by the virus. They are also the ones who are most negatively affected by lockdown and resulting job loss and isolation.
They will rebel and flaunt the rules, thereby causing the virus to burn itself out among them and creating a herd immunity scenario that will allow us all to move on.
They will be the ones to save us from ourselves because they will be forced to save themselves from politicians and their misguided and misinformed draconian measures.
Black lives matter so much in Victoria, the Corona state, that nine huge housing commission blocks are now being put into hard lockdown for up to a fortnight in an attempt to protect the rest of the population from the rot of Covid19. If cases are found they will probably be asked to self isolate in their flats, turning whole buildings into incubators. We are already hearing reports that the inhabitants are largely ignored, suffering food and medical shortages and treated with disrespect.
These buildings are to a large extent housing Sudanese and Somalian immigrants.
As time goes by these buildings will turn into pressure cookers . Expect to see riots and people jumping out of windows too. The police, who refused to fight African gang crime for years and also did not want to fine BLM protesters will have their work cut out for them.
This is slowly turning from just a medical into a political and humanitarian crisis.
Ironically the uptick in cases is coming right on cue about 4 weeks after the BLM protests.
It is now likely that the virus got out into the community because of Victoria’s bungling of hotel quarantine and then was “superspread” by the protest mass event.
I hope the white chardonnay BLM protesters are happy about the havoc their wokeness has caused and how it is now hurting the very people they tried to protect.
How was this ever not going to happen?
Coronadanistan (Victoria) is now the pariah among Australian states and Victorians are treated like lepers, meanwhile the inhabitants of these buildings are treated like lepers in Victoria.
There are rumours that hotel quarantine in Victoria continues to be mismanaged, how will it be any better in these huge buildings , especially since the people living there are more volatile and vulnerable?
As for Dan Andrews, the Victorian dictator who told people to stop fishing and golfing, his resignation is sure to follow any moment now. The career politician left without a career.
Many would like to see him hang from the Murrumbeena skyrail
Amongst all the corona angst and the resulting masses of unemployed, often young people (millenials) the boomer whingers are still turning out in force to accuse young jobseeker recipients of bludging.
Apparently restaurant owners across the nation are having trouble finding casual staff, because what casual staff may earn is similar to the current double jobseeker payment. (Around $2000 a month). There are rumours of many of them frequenting beaches and surf spots rather than looking for work.
At the same time the Victorian health minister is blaming millenials for not social distancing (unless it’s in the government approved form of working at Bunnings or taking part in a faketevist BLM protest).
On one hand they are supposed to be working, on the other they are meant to stay at home.
That about sums up all the confusing advice handed out by the government in these strange times.
Now, as for businesses who want to hire casual staff : why would anyone in their right mind take on a casual job right now, if they could lose that job again in a month’s time and then have to reapply for jobseeker and not have any money for weeks? In fact, the same goes for permanent jobs. With corona still going around, there are no guarantees that there may not be another massive shutdown, especially if things spiral out of control in Victoria.
I guess the go-to casual workers relied upon in such a situation would be Kiwis and foreign students from India and China who are now thin on the ground.
And we are not really talking about a few hours a week casual which still leave you with a partial jobseeker payment, but jobs that should be permanent- part -time with longterm employment guarantee and benefits.
Business owners who have had the benefit of exploiting their staff for decades are now dumbfounded as to why people would rather go surfing than work in appalling , unstable conditions.
Since the economy is now good and fucked for years to come, due to unnecessary shutdown, I think surfing is a great option and should be encouraged . It gets you out in the fresh and sun, plenty of vitamin D and of course you are also social distancing ! At least you cannot be blamed for wanting to kill Nanna.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has issued a warning not to travel to Victoria because Victoria, you see, is rotting from the inside, infested with Corona-virus, up to 49 whole cases a day now, which is about 4 times as much as the daily caseload in NSW !
The question now is, how could this happen? How could Victoria drop the ball so badly, when it had the harshest lockdown restrictions in the nation , where even single family members could not visit each other for nearly three months, where people were fined for driving in the wrong suburb, golfing, fishing or sitting by themselves on a park bench?
It might be, because our government, run by delusional fools led by a communist style dictator Dan Andrews, really believed the virus could be kept to minimal numbers by enforcing said draconian lockdown, not realizing that they were simply kicking the can down the road and once things opened up, the virus would spread again.
Now even 49 cases a day is not very much when we compare with the numbers from the rest of the world, but they are sure to rise exponentially in the next weeks.
One reason for the “outbreak” were non-compliance with the rules by – wouldn’t you know it, Muslim families celebrating Eid. Of course it took a full 3 days for this little juicy bit of knowledge to emerge, until then they were simply “families” that flouted the rules. Families? How about a bunch of religious lunatics who are simply unable to exist without their rostered seasonal observances.
But speaking of lunatics, the ‘Black Lives Matter Most’ movement and their phony grievances – run by the far far-out left -who want to see everything burn, could not wait to go their ideologically driven ritual marches and that in a city where the Footy is still the number one religion but banned until further notice. Of course they had the blessing of the government to go ahead unfined , mainly because there were simply too many of them and it could have turned into an ugly bloodbath with police, or possibly the army.
Of course other states had those protests too and have not yet seen a rise in cases. To that I can only say : Just you wait, it will take another week to reach two infection cycles and I will bet my hat that cases in other states will rise too. Like Italy in Europe and New York in the States, Victoria is simply the first to succumb.
The truth is, respiratory viruses are designed to be transmitted and we are designed to get them. Lockdowns don’t work for several reasons and they destroy economies, but mainly , unless you practically threaten people with being welded into apartments, people will always find a way to circumvent the restrictions, maybe because they are young and not at risk, maybe because they don’t believe in the existence of the virus or maybe because they understand the risks and still don’t care. You will never ever get 100% compliance and because of that , there will be outbreaks once the lockdown is lifted. And the stricter the lockdown, the more people will rebel against the restrictions.
There is no doubt that the virus is real and deadly to a vast number of old/sick people, but it’s gonna do it’s thing, despite our best efforts. Even countries (or states) that have had few cases and brought their numbers down to zero will eventually have to open their borders to ward off economic ruin. And then what ??
Coronavirus cannot be controlled. We have to learn to live with it. It’s just a shame the economy had to be ruined for that lesson to be learnt.
FEMA is a phrase that is well known to the ‘tinfoil’ community. But what is it? FEMA is an American term for Federal Emergency Management Authority, a government agency that manages emergencies and has an extensive array of heavily fenced sites (camps) across the US, most having buildings and large piles of plastic coffin shaped boxes. Presumably these coffins are available should a large number of corpses (from some tragedy) need to be buried or moved in a great hurry. Of course a government apparatus such as this is ample fuel for speculation. Some theories state these sites are made into prison camps in times of unrest, or possibly death camps. The concept of your own state potentially having a covert network of prison camps is chilling. Except that we already do in Australia (it’s called off shore processing of asylum seekers).
It’s worth pointing out Australia gets more than its fair share of Asylum seekers, and many are not legitimate asylum seekers, they avoided poor but safe countries on the way to get here.
But back to the FEMA story, the terrifying part about the FEMA camp mythology is the idea of what the camp represents. A place where you lose your rights and freedoms and the timeline to an end of your deprivation is uncertain. Before you know it unreasonable thugs in uniforms (prison guards) start punishing you for trivial infractions of arbitrary rules there were just invented last month. These rules that aren’t really legal, as they never passed a vote in government just rubber stamped by a bureaucrat.
Oh hold on, while you were fantasizing about a FEMA camp, one was constructed around you and maybe you didn’t notice. Just because Nanna Smith still lives on the corner does not mean all things are well and good. We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto. Nanna Smith is terrified to come outside for fear of catching contagious lethal respiratory disease. Others are afraid to come outside for fear of being fined or harassed for standing too close to someone else or not having a good enough reason to be outside.
You’re soaking in it. A dishwashing liquid is a good measure to destroy viruses on surfaces, just don’t drink it OK.
The Corona Virus, (COVID -19), SARS COV 2, was the perfect pretext to bring in all these draconian measures.
What are you doing outside your cell home, prisoner citizen?
One wonders if the Ruby princess cruise liner was allowed to disembark in Sydney (despite concerns for the ship’s crew) was simply to increase the numbers of infected and dead to justify and continue the restrictions.
To date (7 April 2020) in this crisis, Australia has had about 5895 infected and 41 dead. This is less than a typical ‘flu season, and the types of people dying are largely the same targets, the over 70’s. So rather than shut down the entire country, maybe we should just quarantine the old, step up disinfection protocols wear masks and try to continue as normal. Before you say this is impossible, Taiwan has done this and they are extremely close to China geographically, and it’s working for them. Taiwan has had 373 Infections and 5 deaths.
The other factor about the corona virus is that it is accelerating deaths of people already at deaths door and therefore ‘getting the credit’ rather than the deceased underlying condition. Imagine if someone was dying of cancer and then Corona virus came along and killed that person in their already frail state, is corona virus the true cause of death? Because it would be easy to claim that, and it can greatly inflate the figures, and its rather misleading.
Of course while this corona virus pandemic is unfolding, financial markets have imploded. There has been little talk of the serious economic problems; the lime light has been taken by the corona virus.
Was corona virus the bump in the road which destabilized the financial system?
Was the financial system so unstable anything would have collapsed it?
Either way the corona virus has been the perfect distraction from the attention the financial system and the perfect set of restrictions to stop people gathering and protesting about how many lives are going to be deeply affected by the financial system collapse.
In Australia most superannuation fund are heavily invested in real estate either directly or indirectly.
Real-estate values will be hit severely hard by this twin crisis
Superannuation funds will be gone and governments will be heavily in debt to afford to pay welfare of different form to keep the workforce alive until people can generally return to work.
The cold comfort in this twin crisis will be the fact corona will be targeting boomers, so less will need their retirement money. Possibly as many as one in five boomers will be killed by this virus, imagine what that will do to real estate prices as so many houses suddenly go onto the market.
But if the curve does not flatten the general death rate raise from 3% to 9% for adults under 65, and if you’re over 65 I suggest you get very comfortable in your home alone, especially if the hospitals get overwhelmed.
There are so many other issues yet to be touched on:
Massive spike in unemployment
rent and mortgage payment problems
the weird loop holes in the restrictions:
Supermarket crowds, yes, well spaced non-contact recreation, no.
Normal wedding: only 5 people, Muslim wedding: 30 people.
Should we wear masks or not?
What really is an essential service?
Travel out of you town or city for permanent relocation or to a weekender, OK or not?
Visa issues for immigrants
Australian’s stuck overseas behind closed borders
Centerlink for who and when?
Who deserves a bail out?
Should essential businesses be nationalised (or surrender partial/full shareholding) as part of bail outs.
The border shut downs
The only state border open currently is the NSW/VIC border, let that sink in. The NSW/VIC border is heavily burned from the 2019/2020 summer bushfires so it’s much less populated now anyway.
Daigou (shop raiders/hoarders/ smugglers): What do we do with them? Assets strip? Imprison? Deport? Terminate residency? Terminate citizenship (many have lied about their occupation to gain citizenship)? Terminate? Send them to Mexico?
Factories and prodcution
Is it time to bring our factories back? If so which ones and should we build different ones? Should we look towards fully automated factories with low numbers of highly skilled staff, rather than the 19 century style 3rd world sweatshops only competitive due to low labour costs?
Should we consider the misinformation and blatant lies form China about this virus to be considered an act of war? If China was open an honest about this virus from the start it probably could have been contained in China and possibly just to Wuhan. Should we demand reparation from China for the damage to the economy they have caused? Does it make a difference whether this virus was either:
a) naturally occurring
b) a product of the wet market
c) a bio-weapon accidentally released
d) a bio-weapon deliberately released
considering the cover up China did after it started spreading and the confusion created in other countries in dealing with it? How many people died as a result of China’s lies? Is the CCP (Chinese communist party) guilty of murdering foreign citizens?
This article is much longer than usual but now you have the luxury of time to think about all of this.
There are more than 700 other articles here spanning the last 8 years, so feel free to look around.
I was going to tell you all about opportunistic landlords getting mortgage rate reductions, and at the same time putting up the rent. I was going to tell you about Chinese investment firms driving up the price of housing in Australia to make more profits and make it easier to launder money. I was going to tell you that the courts are closed and a cough is the modern day weapon of mass destruction.
But I told you none of that.
I think Occupy proved it was not possible to live in tents in a park and not be mercilessly harassed by the government and corporate servants. So the tent is probably not an option for you.
But you knew that.
I just showed you a picture and you figured out the rest by yourselves.
You know that 1 million people were fired this week and that only half of this number is 3% of the Australian population.
You also knew this:
The USA gained independence by fighting and defeating the world super power with just 3% of it own population deciding to fight.
You are also aware that every other country in the world is busy fighting it’s own battle with SARS-Corona 2 aka COVID -19, and there are no reinforcements coming from anywhere.
Lets face it, if you can’t just select a moment at random and go to a supermarket and buy toilet paper, the government has failed.
What we always feared , what we always warned you about, has now occurred: A second even worse version of 2008, possibly even worse than 1929. Never has being proven right felt so hollow.
We now have a global pandemic of a Corona virus (Covid 19), quarantines, hoarding, profiteering from panic buying, a breakdown of China (the worlds factory). For Australia this is following severe drought, Bush fires, dust storms, golf ball sized hail, and floods.
Last week we saw panic buying of toilet paper to the point of empty shelves, fights in supermarkets over toilet paper. Why the shortage of toilet paper? Because China has stopped making enough toilet paper and is now using ‘Daigu’ to import it from other countries such as Australia, creating local shortages from bulk buying at supermarkets.
That is your entree to the main meal, ‘Lord of the flies’.
I now have to figure out how to incorporate a piece of sheep spine and a few shiny cultic trinkets into a workable boar speak. Gotta keep up with the Jones’s you know!