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.
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).
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.
Scott Adams sums up the ‘rona
Paul Murray explains what the extended lockdowns in Victoria mean. 6 more weeks. Video here.
Premier Dan Andrews isn’t interested in reality. To get 5 cases or less for 14 days in a row technically means that if 13 days had zero cases and one day 6, lockdown would stay. Utter madness.
We guess when the police state wants to handcuff pregnant mothers, best set the hurdles to nigh on impossibly low levels to ensure failure is guaranteed and keep the power trip going as long as possible.
Shameless. Spineless. Not based on science.
It seems that gaslighting knows no bounds. Some Victorians want to pay homage to Victorian Premier Dan Andrews with virtual claps despite his utter failure in handling lockdown. The virtual claps forum reads:
“Send Dan Andrews, Brett Sutton & team, and healthcare workers virtual claps for their continued hard work in getting the daily case numbers down. Thank you all! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. Please only use emojis/gif/image when you post comments here: https://www.facebook.com/2220925904795063/posts/2784157431805238/
Please remember to share this event with friends.
Updates (including current growth factor) will be provided on a regular basis. Let’s keep doing the right thing to bring down the growth factor.“
Kim Jong Un would blush at such a show from his loyal peasants.
Never mind Dan Andrews and team presided over the most incompetent handling of the pandemic by any state government by far.
Where the facts reveal the Andrews’ team are the last people that should be in charge of anything. 26% of the nation’s population and over 88% of the total death toll from coronavirus.
Where Victoria Police arrested and handcuffed a pregnant women who could face jail time of up to 15 years for incitement.
Where BLM protests took place with next to no enforcement of the lockdown laws. The three organizers were given fines but nothing more. Double standards.
Where private security guards – put in charge of quarantine hotels – slept with the people they were ordered to professionally look after. The same guards that were given a quick course in diversity instead of training in dealing with coronavirus.
Perhaps these brainwashed Victorians who want to make empty gestures on social media may think differently when they discover that the Andrews’ government will deliver what socialism always does – shared misery.
You have to hand it to the Victoria Police for making absolutely no effort in trying to politely reason with the people they are trying to arrest. Yesterday, Premier Dan Andrews denied seeing the video of the arrest of a pregnant mother in front of her kids. No doubt he will claim he hasn’t seen this video either. In what world did the Vic Police think a pregnant woman was a flight risk to warrant hand cuffing her?
James Bartolo is the second person in two days to be charged for ‘incitement’ thanks to the police state that is now Victoria. Does the Victorian government fear sedition? Must it crush those who seek to oppose its power trip? Is Dan Andrews enjoying his daily pressers a bit too much?
Bartolo uploaded a video discussing how he intends to go to the Saturday ‘Freedom Day‘ rally and encouraging others to stand up for their rights.
So even though Bartolo hasn’t physically done anything, Victoria Police rounded up a normally law abiding citizen for questioning the very powers granted by despotic politicians that should never have been granted them in the first place.
We would imagine that a growing number of Victorians can’t sit idly by and watch these Stasi tactics continue. This is nothing more than intimidation. If there are protest rallies off the back of these videos, we won’t be in the least bit surprised. It will be a 100% own goal.
Oh, and wasn’t it fascinating to see that Victorian authorities found another 59 coronavirus deaths out of nowhere? Could it possibly be another police state tactic to guarantee that the lockdown stays in full effect come September 13th? Absolutely. Kim Jong Un would blush at the efficiency.
BTW, where is PM Scott Morrison condemning what is happening?
You have to hand it to the academic class. 81 Nobel laureates have endorsed Joe Biden with,
“At no time in our nation’s history has there been a greater need for our leaders to appreciate the value of science in formulating public policy…During his long record of public service, Joe Biden has consistently demonstrated his willingness to listen to experts, his understanding of the value of international collaboration in research and his respect for the contribution that immigrants make to the intellectual life of our country.”
Listening to the predictions of many of these academic experts during COVID-19 is hardly confidence inspiring.
It is fascinating to think that after 47 years in government and 8 years as VP he is somehow going to fix America’s problems.
Americans clearly don’t pay too much mind. 70 endorsed Hillary Clinton back in 2016.
We never forget the time before the Brexit vote when a table went viral listing who was in the leave or remain camp. The leavers included Trump, Putin and BoJo. The remainers included 300 economists, Barack Obama and the National Union of Students.
As ever, these endorsements are a way for elitist academics to let we peons know that we have nothing on their intellectual superiority and should heed their wise words.
We thank the Nobel laureates for helping Americans increase their support of Trump by talking down to them. As if Hollywood celebrities weren’t bad enough.
“Dakota tribal wisdom says that when you’re on a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Of course, there are other strategies. You can change riders. You can get a committee to study the dead horse. You can benchmark how other companies ride dead horses. You can declare that it’s cheaper to feed a dead horse. You can harness several dead horses together. But after you’ve tried all these things, you’re still going to have to dismount.” – Gary Hamel
This quote summed up Dan Andrews press conference where he deflected on the ridiculous arrest of Zoe Lee, the pregnant mother who was handcuffed by Victoria Police in front of her kids. It was totally unbelievable.
Is it even conceivable that the Premier of Victoria hadn’t been shown the clip by any of his staffers? Wouldn’t anyone with a shred of decency watch the viral video and condemn the heavy-handed incident? Of course not. That is more telling. Andrews couldn’t care less. He has got his 6 months in the back pocket and can ride roughshod over Victorians as he pleases with zero formula to back his megalomania. By then Zoe Lee will be a distant memory.
How is it the police were able to march into Zoe Lee’s house, charge her with ‘incitement’, cuff her while in pyjamas and seize all of her computing devices as if she was under suspicion of storing kiddie porn on her hard drive? It could only come from the laws set by parliament. The police don’t get to arbitrarily make laws of their own and violate basic human rights. We are not exactly sure how Zoe Lee fits the profile of a radical seditionist.
This is perhaps one of the most sinister actions by a political body in Australian history. Time PM Scott Morrison absolutely torches Andrews for this cowardice and keep the pressure on the premier to walk back his nonsense lockdown less have his federal funding suspended. Extortion works both ways, but most Australians would gladly support the PM in this instance.