I apologize for my decision to gather for Thanksgiving with my family, contrary to the rules. I understand my obligation as a public official to provide exemplary compliance w/ public health orders, & not to ignore them. I commit to do better. My statement: pic.twitter.com/LFhX2LCUf3
Yes, hypocrisy knows no bounds when it comes to elitist politicians.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo was forced to publicly apologize after getting caught gathering with his family for Thanksgiving in defiance of California’s COVID order which demands a maximum of three different households… He had Thanksgiving dinner with people from FIVE different households.
Much like CA Gov Newsom, Liccardo said, “I apologize for my decision to gather for Thanksgiving with my family, contrary to the rules. I understand my obligation as a public official to provide exemplary compliance w/ public health orders, & not to ignore them. I commit to do better.”
Unlike Californians who aren’t in the political class, Liccardo will face no repercussions.
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was caught dining in Santa Monica just hours after she voted to ban all outdoor dining last Tuesday.
Rules for thee but not for me.
How can these politicians warn of the imminent threat of coronavirus when they display such flagrant double standards?
This is what Victorian Premier Dan Andrews posted on his FB account this evening.
Effectively, Victorians are still being treated like children. Never mind the ineffective contact tracing methods. Why bother heeding the examples across all the other states which show low levels of infections, virtually zero deaths and a more or less open economy.
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.
Forbes has compiled an interesting update on the public sector in San Francisco. The city is currently running a $1.5bn deficit. 44,526 public sector employees cost the city over $5bn pa. 18,759 of these employees take home $150,000 or more.
Of note, San Francisco is ranked 67 out of 75 large cities in America for its fiscal position with a “D” rating according to Data-Z
Looking through the books, some truck drivers took home over $262,000; city painters made over $270,000; firefighters earned $316,000+; and plumbing supervisors took home $348,291 in 2019. One deputy sheriff hit a total pay day of $574,595 in 2019 – including $315,896 in overtime. Such pay also includes pension and health care.
SF Mayor London Breed earns $452,000.
Police Chief William Scott earned $434,613. Four assistant chiefs (police and management) received between $346,528 and $445,539. Then, there were 195 employees with pay and perks exceeding $300,000 each. Sheriff Paul Miyamoto made $357,570.
Fire Dept Chief Jeanine Nicholson earns $442,722. Her predecessor retired on $311,560 annually.
Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru took home $380,120.
Homeless Services & Supportive Housing Director Jeff Kosinsky earned $238,182 last year despite a rise in homeless numbers.
Asian Art Museum Director Jay Xu made $302,145.
Unfunded liabilities for pension and healthcare stands at $8.1bn or $9,000 per resident. The city’s financial report was released 268 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered untimely according to the 180 day standard.
One can understand the frustration of the population in lockdown when those public officials supposed to look after them are collecting monster pay checks.
San Francisco gym owners have recently discovered that gyms inside government buildings for public servants have been open for months.
Never mind that private gyms remain shut due to the dangers of coronavirus.
Dave Karraker, owner of MX3 Fitness, said,
“It just demonstrates that there seems to be some kind of a double standard between what city employees are allowed to do and what the residents of San Francisco are allowed to do…What the city has unwillingly done is created this great case study that says that working out indoors is actually safe…So, at this point, we’re just demanding that they allow us to have the same workout privileges for the citizens of San Francisco that the employees of San Francisco have.”
Never mind that private citizens are suffering fines for opening their businesses just to feed their families. Public service seems to be there to serve the public servants, not the the public.
Everyday we get more confirmation that the pandemic is nowhere near as virulent as made out. The CDC has reported that only 6% of deaths in America have been directly from COVID-19.
Actions speak louder than words. If public servants can pump iron indoors they can go to a polling booth.
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:
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.