Category Archives: Victoria
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.
Last weekend saw another anti-mosque protest in Bendigo, this time by the UPF (United Patriots Front), , mostly ex-military out of towners who are using the anti-mosque sentiment in Bendigo for their own purposes . It appears that while actual Bendigo citizens joined the rally, some of the Bendigo anti mosque action groups distanced themselves from this subtle take-over. One of the typical signs of any protest movement are the splinter groups which eventually result. The UPF itself being a splinter group of the more moderate Reclaim Australia.
All things being equal, though, all these groups have a common goal of trying to prevent the spread of Islam in Australia, as it has begun to reveal itself worldwide for the violent hate cult it really is . While the military posturing and patriotic flag waving might be unpalatable and offensive to middle class sensibilities, so far it hasn’t actually harmed anyone, which is more than can be said for the aggressive and violent left wing black bloc in particular
On the other side of the fence (or bridge in this instance), a leftie group from Melbourne ,called No Room for Racism, which drew attention to itself at the last Bendigo protest in August by being violent, intolerant and aggressive, culminating in the burning of an Australian flag and the resulting scuffle which led to the use of pepper spray by the police.
It’s interesting that the left wing protesters were easily kept in check by the police behind the bridge in Rosalind park so they were unable to confront the UFP, even thought here are plenty of ways to enter the park from the other side and if they had been real citizens of Bendigo they would have known this.
Because of the amount of drama caused by No Room for Racism in August, they could only attend the latest rally by coming up with a new name : Bendigo Action Group are basically the same people as No Room for Racism, a group which is rumoured to be founded and funded by socialist party Yarra City counciller Stephen Jolly. Many of the same faces that have turned up at protests in the last 4 years were also seen in Bendigo on the weekend, including, notably, the politically neutral Kenji Wardencliffe (of Wardencliffe photograpy) who was there to take photos .
Here is an example of his work and the cognitive dissonance it captures perfectly :
I contacted Bendigo Action Coalition (who should more aptly be named Melbourne Controlled Opposition) on their Facebook page with the question of the connection between Stephen Jolly , No Room for Racism and Bendigo Action Coalition). The question was deflected by the use of several fallacies and now I am not able to post on their page anymore, another typical example of leftist free speech in action. Why not just answer the question with yes or no rather than making a huge song and dance ? I guess the answer to that is obvious : I got too close to the truth.
Here are the screen shots, one contains a draft of my reply and the other what I actually ended up sending which got me banned from posting on the page, confirming the old Communist proverb : ” We believe in Free Speech as long as you agree with us, if not we shut you up and kill you.”
Click on the photos to enlarge.
This seemed appropriate.
OK I know what you are thinking, WTF is this about. After doing some legal research (which we do from time to time for the lols), we discovered that locomotives and railway rolling stock are not classed as vehicles according to the road safety act 1986, and therefore are completely unregulated. Insanely enough a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle or almost any thing else that moves. Kick a can down the road, its vehicle, but if it has railway wheels under it, they can’t touch it.
Vehiclemeans a conveyance that is designed to be propelled or drawn by any means, whether or not capable of being so propelled or drawn,and includes bicycle or other pedal-powered vehicle, trailer, tram-car and air-cushion vehicle butdoes not include railway locomotive or railway rolling stock;
So for all the people who don’t have a license we have the solution: Jet train.
Our resident engineers are furiously struggling to find way to steer the dam thing, and there is also that kind of annoying thing about the way it leaves massive grooves in the road, but we are sure than since speeding fines alone are a billion dollar per year industry, the market will find a way.
So lost your license due to speed, booze, pills, or what ever?
Want to escape the hassle of staying sober and obeying speed limits?
Getting tired of having to stop for flashing blue lights?
Tired of waiting at intersections?
Then jet train could be right for you!
Save money and time by avoiding fines and court cases!
Best of all its completely legal*.
*According to Victorian Road Safety Act 1986 a locomotive is not a vehicle and none of the act applies to it.
Legal and making sense are not the same thing obviously.
For those on a budget we are working on a small flat bed bogey with a pulse jet for forward motion.
I think this speaks to the housing affordability crisis that has artificially been created in Melbourne (and other Australian cities) by super funds speculating in real estate.
So enters Courtney Barnett to explain the situation with her unique style of silver tone guitar, incisive half sung/half spoken word lyrics. Then something really strikes you about this young woman, she actually seems authentic, apparently no make up, jeans and t shirt sensibility. She is almost a reaction to utterly plasticized corporate controlled music and pop culture of the last three decades.
But I guess you would have to be authentic to say, “Hey buying a house is going to be a hell of a struggle in Melbourne right now” rather than the oh so standard response of people just grinning and bearing it to keep up appearances. Thanks for singing about something that really resonates with a lot of people.
Courtney Barnett: More likely to meet Christopher Walken, than put a down payment on a flat in Brunswick.
I went to Rainbow Serpent Festival. Less than an hour later I left.
By the time they asked me for my ticket I was about to ask for a refund, the only reason I didn’t ask is because I knew they would refuse. I mean the place basically looks like a tarted up disaster relief camp. And just like a third world economy where one would expect such squalor, the rulers of it all were taking in about a million dollars a day. Worst of all the only thing that people weren’t being forced to pay for was using the toilets. Showers $4, after paying $100- $300 just to be there they want you to pay for a shower. That’s real third world warlord stuff right there. Just really greedy narrow minded pricks at the top.
Why is it so shit?
Basically its microcosm of the world around it, the organizers know no real alternative vision apart from lining their own pockets.
Private fiefdom and police state
They actually searched every car going in creating delays and basically being obtrusive. They absolutely refused anyone to be able to cook for them selves, no fires, no gas bottles.
Of course this is so they have a captive market for food stalls that they can get ground rent for. Absolutely no one could sell anything with out permission and paying the fee in order to do so.
An hour waiting to get in.
Their schedule (a glorified excel spreadsheet) lists sunset at 5:30, really?
Overbearing rude security guards
These fucktards seem to get off casually throwing out dictates at whim and generally mouthing off.
fuck off signs every where
After the onslaught of an hour waiting to get into the place the rude security guards and the fuck off signs seemingly everywhere ( artists only, organizers only) you then realize it nothing more than a small closed and controlled economy. The only respite from miserable oppression would be getting drunk and stoned, but sadly not even this is safe with police patrolling and waiting to pounce on people with drug and booze buses
Inviting the police to a festival where people like to use recreational drugs
WTF were they thinking. They were thinking the police are just another group to sell off the ticket holders too.
I mean because I’m connected I got a free ticket but seriously why would any one pay $100- $300 to go to a festival which is basically a command economy and fascist police state with no flushing toilets.
Forget Woodstock or Isle of Wight, there is no chance any current festival in this country will spark or be a magnet for counter culture, these places are just a place for hipsters and Trustafarians to preen them selves and strut around, its all really sad. It rather pay $25 for a private underground bush doof than a wank off festival.