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Victorians are expected to buy this crap?

What a farce. These are the responses given by senior officials in the Victoria government when questioned over who was responsible for ordering private security guards which led to the hotel quarantine outbreak fiasco.

These are the very people who expect Victorians to put trust in their ability to execute.

Selective memories aka lies.

No doubt when Premier Dan Andrews testifies at this enquiry, he’ll have forgotten too.

Any other state premier would be forced to resign over this debacle. Watch a willing media skip over this blithering incompetence and praise Dan Andrews for bringing forward the timeline to reopen the economy from lockdown because of his stewardship which he will end reneging on.

Let’s not forget the omnibus the premier is trying to ram through parliament which will allow unqualified public servants to arrest and detain Victorian residents indefinitely on the grounds of suspicion alone. No facts. Just a hunch they think one could be up to no good.

Emmy Schmemmy – ratings down 67%

Living proof that normal people couldn’t care less about woke celebrities telling the commoners about their politics.

It’s hard to keep up. One year it’s climate change, another #METOO, another asylum seekers, another LGBTQI. Now BLM and COVID.

One would think the organizers would realize that woke causes have driven a 67% drop in eyeballs. That’s the power of virtue signaling. Diminishing returns.

100% self inflicted. That why the more celebs bang the Democrat drum, the better it is for Trump. Keep up the good work. Americans are done with these clowns whose only grip on reality comes after checking into the Betty Ford Clinic.

Most reliable indicator of fear surrounding COVID-19 is not what you think

Our trip to the Aldi supermarket in the affluent suburb of Mosman in Sydney, Australia last Saturday revealed one immutable truth. That even the elderly have absolutely no concerns about social distancing when fighting over limited supplies of Lacura face creams that were on the ‘special buys’ list. We think this is probably the most accurate indicator of “fear” surrounding COVID-19 – absolutely none. We’ve seen more crowded Japanese subway carriages at peak hour.

Forget hand sanitiser, masks and respecting social distance. Just push, jostle, elbow, bustle and fight to the death to lay one’s hands on a $19 moisturizer. It felt like toilet paper rationing all over again.

Forgive the preamble.

We have analysed the latest COVID-19 deaths as a percentage of state populations across America and Australia to get a feel for the reality and check whether media hysteria is unfounded.

New York State was the worst of all, representing 3x the national average. 10 of the top 17 states with rates above the national average were Democrat controlled (blue columns).

In aggregate, c.121,000 have died under Democrat-controlled states and 78,400 under Republican-controlled states (red columns) as at Sept 21, 2020 according to CDC data.

We also note that Victoria, a state in Australia, has a death rate that still remains extremely low on a relative basis (despite being 10x the rest of the country combined) yet has some of the harshest lockdown laws.

Comparing Victoria to US states that imposed no lockdowns at all, the numbers don’t justify a draconian curfew. Utah has a population about half that of Victoria and a death toll from COVID at 50% of Victoria, despite no lockdown imposed at all. One could make a case for population density but why does NSW have 1/10th the death toll with similar demographics and a relatively open economy?

Note that all US states that had no lockdown had death tolls at least half the national average. Every single one is Republican-controlled.

In America, 99.94% of the country has no succumbed to coronavirus. In Victoria, 99.99% of the state population hasn’t died from it. In Australia 99.997% of citizens have managed to survive.

The data is self explanatory. US deaths are at 1/3rd the levels at the peak but the media can’t stray from the narrative that the risks of a new wave are around the corner. No. The virus remains contagious but not that virulent. Someone mentioned an election soon…

We shall be updating more data in coming days. Suffice to say, economies should be reopened and special attention paid to protecting more vulnerable members of society (who clearly weren’t at Aldi Mosman).

Principle ahead of expediency over COVID-19

What a refreshing article to read. When a man was pressured by bureaucrats to pull his head in over exposing their hypocrisy, he chose to resign in order to protect his free speech as opposed to caving to expediency.

Well worth the time. Mr Sabhlok’s words confirm much of what we have thought re the lack of accountability or leadership shown by the Andrews’ government in Victoria.

Minny City Council panics as crime surges

Who ever would have guessed?? How could the Minneapolis City Council predict that calls to defund the police would lead to a 55%YoY surge in arson? Or murder, carjackings, robberies or assaults???

These woke Democrats thought “reimagining the police” would just work. What happened to the army of social workers who had the skills to reason with an irate 350lb armed narcotics dealer chasing up accounts receivable from his financially constrained customers?

Minny City Council President Lisa Bender, who led the charge in the initial calls to defund the MPD, complained that the law enforcement officers were being defiant by not answering the calls of constituents.

As we pointed out in June, Lisa Bender tweeted,

If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?

So no Lisa, three months later they want more police.

“Policy wonk” council member Phillipe Cunningham said,

What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD.”

Who knew?!

Scientific American endorses Biden – first time in 175 years

Wow. Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden. This is the first time the magazine has backed a presidential candidate in 175 years. We think it may live to regret its move. The magazine has merely exposed the deep partisan bias and confirmed again how much of scientific academia and media leans left. Why?

The editors closed with,

It’s time to move Trump out and elect Biden, who has a record of following the data and being guided by science.”

If we listened to Joe Biden’s ‘Moses and the 10 Commandments’ speech the other day, it was full of unsubstantiated hyperbole about the risks of higher incidences of floods, hurricanes and wildfires if Trump is reelected despite the fact that under the current administration, harmful GHG emissions have fallen by the largest absolute number ever in 2019 according to the IEA.

For a magazine that rests its laurels on “following the data” and “being guided by the science”, perhaps it missed the UNIPCC’s March 2018 report on weather extremes (with respect to anthropogenic induced global warming) which noted:

…There is low confidence in observed trends in small-scale phenomena such as tornadoes and hail because of data inhomogeneities and inadequacies in monitoring systems…in some regions droughts have become less frequent, less intense, or shorter, for example, in central North America and northwestern Australia. There is limited to medium evidence available to assess climate-driven observed changes in the magnitude and frequency of floods…low confidence for the attribution of any detectable changes in tropical cyclone activity to anthropogenic influences..low confidence in projections of changes in extreme winds.. low confidence in projections of changes in monsoons…low confidence in wave height projections…overall low confidence because of inconsistent projections of drought changes…low confidence in projected future changes in dust storms…low confidence in projections of an anthropogenic effect on phenomena such as shallow landslides.

Perhaps the editors missed the questionnaire posted by the UN Interacademy Council committee on its website which invited interested parties to respond to the scientific processes at the IPCC during the compilation of the gold standard climate bibles? These were some of the responses;

some of the lead authors…are clearly not qualified to be lead authors.” (p.16)

There are far too many politically correct appointments, so that developing country scientists are appointed who have insufficient scientific competence to do anything useful. This is reasonable if it is regarded as a learning experience, but in my chapter…we had half of the [lead authors] who were not competent.” (p. 138)

The whole process…[is] flawed by an excessive concern for geographical balance. All decisions are political before being scientific.” (p. 554)

half of the authors are there for simply representing different parts of the world.” (p. 296)

Lest anyone think that people from less affluent countries were being unjustly stereotyped,

The team members from the developing countries (including myself) were made to feel welcome and accepted as part of the team. In reality, we were out of our intellectual depth as meaningful contributors to the process.” (p.330)

The founders of Scientific American must be rolling over in their graves. If their scientific rigour is as sound as their endorsement then Trump has even more chances to secure reelection.

This should be seen as a rejection of Trump not an endorsement for Biden.

Emboldening goons by glorifying criminals as victims

Two LA County Sheriff deputies are fighting for their lives after a gunman shot both of them in an unprovoked attack.

To make matters worse, BLM protestors blocked the entrance & exit of the HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM yelling “We hope they die.”

These are the same people demanding their manifesto is the right path forward for America.

This sort of stupidity stems from:

Statistics obsessed sports stars who put feelings before facts and emblazon the names of criminals on their uniforms to paint them as heroes. Then the leagues who promote this woke activity wonder why audience numbers are plummeting.

Politicians like Kamala Harris who support groups which bail out criminals charged with rape, murder and assault.

BLM leaders who say that looting is just a form of reparation and that stores are insured anyway. An easy position to take when judiciaries led by district attorneys like Diana Becton require police to question whether looted items were necessary before pressing charges. Who doesn’t need a 75″ flat panel TV?

A media that dedicates days upon days reporting on “mostly peaceful protests” as cities burn while deliberately ignoring the murder of a 5yo kid shot in the head by a neighbor because it doesn’t fit a narrative.

Hollywood actors making woke videos to apologize for their white privilege and encouraging the defunding of police as they hide behind gates mansions guarded by armed rent-a-cops.

Day after day our newsfeeds are plastered with images of BLM protestors harassing law abiding citizens dining out. These mobs are descending on their neighborhoods in the middle of the night to yell profanities and threaten homeowners.

We have idiots attacking tea shop operators for not being black owned and attacking patrons for not supporting her madness.

A woman on a flight screamed “white privilege” at a cabin attendant just trying to do her job.

This is what the stench of identity politics delivers. No intelligent debate. Just glorification of people who commit rape, assault, battery, armed robbery, domestic violence, murder, deal drugs, resist arrest and hold guns to the bellies of pregnant women.

Perhaps this video of concerned citizens ‘physically’ restraining someone who attacked a cop is the perfect example of the true feelings of those who have had enough of false narratives perpetuated by the media which end up harming their communities way more in the long run.

As Tomas Sowell said, “Activism is a way for useless people to feel important, even if the consequences of their activism are counterproductive for those they claim to be helping and damaging to the fabric of society as a whole.”

Who uses a fax machine?

How can anyone have confidence in Victorian Premier Dan Andrews when the government had been relying on a contact tracing method which utilized pen, paper and a fax machine? What happened to the super computer that has spat out the ridiculous numbers that have impacted so many Victorians?

Pretty much every other state uses QR codes to register when people have visited certain establishments. Only now Victoria plans to enter the digital age. Why didn’t Andrews call up NSW Premier Gladys Beijiklian and asked who developed hers?

Presumably Andrews can hire people to manually input the names, numbers and emails of those establishments and be able to trace after 3 weeks.

What could possibly go wrong? Johannes Leak’s cartoon is so on point.