Tuesday Forum: March 17, 2020

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  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    These are extraordinary times. Today we drove in our hire car out of Key West, the further-most southerly point in America and down to Miami Beach. Key West closed down completely last night. Our boutique hotel of ten rooms was full, and as we checked late this morning out our trendy wooden-tagged key was placed in a solemn line on the table with nine others. Everyone was packing up, cancelling and heading home. We shared a Subway Footlong last night as we didn’t find anything else open or answering calls. We had wine and beer, and a muesli bar for dessert, so we ‘did fine’, as they say here along the Southern Dixie freeway to this end-of-the-world place full of Democrat Trump Haters.

    Although founded on the mercantile idea of enterprise, our Queen Anne-style hotel originally being that of a cigar baron who made his money out of rolling Cuban leaf, Key West has become a haunt of the trendy middle class celebrating anniversaries and another set, hordes composed of rich young Gramsci-educated party goers. We drove through the town admiring the many large mansions that came from these boom times from the 1820’s to the time of the Great War in 1914, after which the cigar business fell off a bit, replaced by the new trend for cigarette. Reminds me somewhat of interviewing an old man in the 1960’s for my university project, a denizen of Sydney’s old waterside inner-city; occupation: pianola mechanic. Business, he said to me sadly in a memorable sentence I’ve never forgotten, fell of a bit when the wireless came in.

  2. Roger

    Dutton, fearless as always, with the truth.

    Talk is cheap.

    What’s he going to do about it?

    He let them in in the first place.

  3. Porter

    If you ran a still and switched to making alcohol for hand sanitizer, you’d be making heaps right now.
    Question: when Morrison said they had been pursuing aggressive procurement strategies, including local manufacturing, for various goods like face masks, was that code for government using emergency powers to mandate private industry produce certain goods?

  4. rickw

    Merkel Urges Unity in Biggest Challenge Since World War II.

    That’s hilarious!!

  5. Beertruk

    calli
    #3363701, posted on March 19, 2020 at 11:41 am

    We just called them ‘poo tickets’ or ‘sh*t tickets.’

  6. Porter

    Roger, Morrison removed immigration from Dutton’s portfolio after he toppled Turnbull and gave it to a dripping wet whose name I can’t even recall. Dutton’s portfolio polices borders. It has no say in immigration policy except to tell them they are being idiots behind closed doors.

  7. What do you prosecute shelf strippers for?

    Australia was built on stripping resources.

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    As we drove back along the various keys with their up to seven mile long causeways connecting those islands, we decided to check out the possibility of staying for our last nite in Miami Beach, and enjoying the Art Deco ambience there, which was certainly magnificent. We drove down into the middle of it, and right into Partytime. Young people everywhere, partying like no tomorrow. Many of them ethnic African Americans and Mexicans and various hippie-style Euro-trendoids, who had just had their bars and clubs closed on them and who were moving Partytime to the streets and the beach. A hoon riding a bike on one wheel wove in amongst the riotous activity and nearly brought it down on our car’s ‘hood’. Cops everywhere, drug dealers in their flash Mustangs everywhere (Hairy’s gone off having one now), and I say to Hairy no, get me outta here now, I am not staying here.

    He agreed, unsafe atmosphere and loads of virus incubators around. We went to a sedate Best Western near the airport where I type this at last, having thoroughly disinfected the room as is my wont in these times. Man in the garage said there is a tradition in Miami of partying on the beach before a hurricane hits. That’s whats happening on the beach now, helping the virus along mightily, says the garage man correctly.

  9. Bear Necessities

    Viz Bottom Inspectors

    Viz is and was always ahead of its time.

    Evil Elvis:

    The PTP (Poo Ticket Police) are a little known and long dormant special ops group primarily made up of failed council rangers and parking inspectors. ‘Shit first, asks questions later’ is the mantra they live by. Provoke them at your peril.

  10. Porter

    Then we fly to LAX and take the Qantas flight on Monday nite to Australia and 14 days of stay-at-home life.

    Will there still be a Qantas flight on Monday, Lizzie?

  11. rickw

    A$57.25

    If the chart was an aircraft flightpath, you’d swear the engine had stopped!

  12. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Phew! More computer problems requiring Professor Hairy to fix for me. Computer still trying to log into our home network. Anyway, cache cleared and fixed now. We are in an airport hotel in Miami again, this one with a less fierce aircon which was a nuisance in the last one. Tomorrow we fly to New Orleans and one of my cousins will met us and whisk us off to relative safety for three days. Then we fly to LAX and take the Qantas flight on Monday nite to Australia and 14 days of stay-at-home life.

    These are extraordinary times. Today we drove in our hire car out of Key West, the further-most southerly point in America and down to Miami Beach. Key West closed down completely last night. Our boutique hotel of ten rooms was full, and as we checked late this morning out our trendy wooden-tagged key was placed in a solemn line on the table with nine others. Everyone was packing up, cancelling and heading home. We shared a Subway Footlong last night as we didn’t find anything else open or answering calls. We had wine and beer, and a muesli bar for dessert, so we ‘did fine’, as they say here along the Southern Dixie freeway to this end-of-the-world place full of Democrat Trump Haters. Although founded on the mercantile idea of enterprise, our Queen Anne-style hotel originally being that of a cigar baron who made his money out of rolling Cuban leaf, Key West has become a haunt of the trendy middle class celebrating anniversaries and another set, hordes composed of rich young Gramsci-educated party goers. We drove through the town admiring the many large mansions that came from these boom times from the 1820’s to the time of the Great War in 1914, after which the cigar business fell off a bit, replaced by the new trend for cigarette. O tempora, O mores. Reminds me somewhat of interviewing an old man in the 1960’s for my university project, a denizen of Sydney’s old waterside inner-city; occupation: pianola mechanic. Business, he said to me sadly in a memorable sentence I’ve never forgotten, fell of a bit when the wireless came in.

    As we drove back along the various keys with their up to seven mile long causeways connecting those islands, we decided to check out the possibility of staying for our last nite in Miami Beach, and enjoying the Art Deco ambience there, which was certainly magnificent. We drove down into the middle of it, and right into Partytime. Young people everywhere, partying like no tomorrow. Many of them ethnic blacks and Mexicans and various hippie-style trendoids, who had just had their bars and clubs closed on them and who were moving Partytime to the streets and the beach. A hoon riding a bike on one wheel wove in amongst the riotous activity and nearly brought it down on our car’s ‘hood’. Cops everywhere, drug dealers in their flash Mustangs everywhere (Hairy’s gone off having one now), and I say to Hairy no, get me outta here now, I am not staying here. He agreed, unsafe atmosphere and loads of virus incubators around. We went to a sedate Best Western near the airport where I type this at last, having thoroughly disinfected the room as is my wont in these times. Man in the garage said there is a tradition in Miami of partying on the beach before a hurricane hits. That’s whats happening on the beach now, helping the virus along mightily, says the garage man correctly.

    We just heard that Qantas and Virgin are running their last planes to Australia by 31st March.

    Putting my whole comment into blockquotes to see if it conquers insane moderation.

  13. Farmer Gez

    I don’t have cattle IT but lambs are making $300 per head at the yards. That’s $10 per kg.
    BTW – you won’t have enough meat protein in your system to beat the fuck outta us. The limp lettuce attack.

  14. zyconoclast

    Transgender state employee wins lawsuit over sexual reassignment surgery costs

    A Juneau woman who sued the state of Alaska for sex discrimination won her case on Friday.

    Jennifer Fletcher is a state legislative librarian. She’s also transgender. And she paid thousands in out-of-pocket costs for surgical treatment, because the state’s health insurance won’t cover sexual reassignment surgery for transgender employees.

  15. Infidel Tiger

    General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler to temporarily close all US factories due to the coronavirus

    1 in 4 American jobs is linked to the car industry.

    We are looking at something much much worse than the great depression.

  16. rickw

    Australia was built on stripping resources.

    Coal, gold, bauxite and iron ore do exactly what if you leave them in the ground?

  17. bespoke

    Just got picked up by wife. Been foraging she said. God girl! She continues those poor checkout chicks being assaulted was a sight!, Take the baseball bat next time, look in the back she said with grin. I ask by whom? Not Asians.

    I blame Arky.

  18. stackja

    Flightradar24
    @flightradar24
    Flight #IB6453 from Madrid to Guayaquil landing in Quito following the events described in the quoted tweet below Down pointing backhand index
    https://fr24.com/IBE6453/243857b5

    Chris Clarke
    @chrisclarkefly
    Guayaquil officials have blocked the runway at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Ecuador to prevent international aircraft from arriving in the country.

  19. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nup. Sinc, it is very hard to report from the frontline in the US if your system constantly throws my submission into ‘moderation’. Miami beach is incredible, partying like there is no tomorrow.

    Over thirty huge cruise ships lined up along Miami harbour, completely shut down, empty.
    A sight to see and one I hope we never have to see again.

    No planes to Oz after March 21st. We are coming back on Monday 23rd March, Qantas.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    I don’t have cattle IT but lambs are making $300 per head at the yards. That’s $10 per kg.
    BTW – you won’t have enough meat protein in your system to beat the fuck outta us. The limp lettuce attack.

    There’s still tofu on the shelf Farmer Gez!

    The way things are going I’ll want you to beat me to death.

    Great to see none of our public servants are suffering though. Extended holidays!

    This fucking country.

  21. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Leigh Lowe at 9:47 am:

    ” It would have been the only part of the proceedings I would have given a miss.
    AGM’s (sic) have to be the most boring rituals on the planet.

    Decoded :-

    Last year I had barely started my submission to the AGM on conscription and Agent Orange, when the Chairman shut me down.

    Bork, bork, bork – onya Leigh Lowe, well done! 😉

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Sorry, typo in a hurry. That’s March 31st.

  23. Farmer Gez

    Tofu IT.
    It’s come to that!
    Be friendly to a farmer, you might get an invite to a BBQ. Bring the grog and we’ll supply the fresh farm killed meat.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    “I come from a land down under
    Where food is scarce and men blunder”

    My beautiful boofy kooka would agree with the scarcity bit but not the blunder bit.
    No royalties has she ever seen.
    She arrived an hour ago and I stuffed her full of IGA mince.
    Admittedly both IGA and Coles mince is scarce right now too, and 1 kg per customer only.
    The reason she arrived is she found that in the wide world food is scarce too.
    After 6 mths away she returned this year, thin as, and minus two toes.
    Nature is brutal in tooth and, in her case, clawlessness.

  25. Some History

    No planes to Oz after March 21st. We are coming back on Monday 23rd March, Qantas.

    No planes to Oz after March 31st.
    The Ben Doverist gnome will greet you personally on arrival.

  26. bespoke

    Should be coming down in price. If farmers are going to gouge us, we’ll beat fuck outta them too.

    Eat your cats.

  27. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Will there still be a Qantas flight on Monday, Lizzie?

    Yes. They close down o the 31st, TYPO.

    We have paid their outrageous pricing to get home. They will probably give us a credit for our 9th April flight which we have cancelled. We’ll see. They are uncontactable right now except to take your credit card online.

    Why is the moderation so insane here?

  28. Infidel Tiger

    All this for a virus no one in Australia has.

  29. cohenite

    Australia was built on stripping resources.

    Just die, will you.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lovely Greek meal just hotel delivered to us now. Yum.

    I am sick of garage frankfurters.

  31. Farmer Gez

    Eat your cats.

    Won’t work. The Blue Heelers can smell the cat on you from the front gate.

  32. notafan

    I’ve heard only local face mask maker had been temporarily um nationalised.

  33. mh

    Lizzie, are you still glad you went?

  34. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #3363771, posted on March 19, 2020 at 12:15 pm
    All this for a virus no one in Australia has
    .

    As at 6.30am on 18 March 2020, there have been 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 40 new cases since 3.00pm yesterday.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Rebeccah Heinrichs
    @RLHeinrichs

    Xi could’ve told the world about his bat virus as soon as he knew, could’ve protected Chinese citizens at the wet market, could’ve called off the Lunar NY banquet, stopped the exit of millions from Wuhan, permitted inspectors to enter China, not destroyed evidence. China virus.

    Never. Ever. Forget

    China. Did. This

  36. bespoke

    Just saying Farmer IT has a better eating his cats then making it to the gates.

  37. Farmer Gez

    Kicking along with the supermarket virus acquiring centres working a treat.

    As at 6.30am on 19 March 2020, there have been 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 111 new cases since 6.30am yesterday.

    Not terrible but not good either.

  38. Infidel Tiger

    As at 6.30am on 18 March 2020, there have been 454 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 40 new cases since 3.00pm yesterday.

    Exactly. No one has it.

    We have destroyed everything for nothing.

  39. calli

    As police go in to patrol supermarkets, Peter Dutton suggests some people stripping shelves are linked to criminal enterprises.

    Noooooo!

    So my darling old Dad was right. Again.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Fake news eh tiger?

    Increasingly looks that way. I want to see a massive spike soon to justify losing everything.

    “Dad why do we live in the park?”

    “Ask your mother son, I’m trying to catch some bats for dinner.”

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    Winston – I like the idea of using Lake Burley Griffin as a strategic crude oil storage reservoir.

  42. Infidel Tiger

    New idea for recovery once over.

    $1000 departure tax for all Australian citizens.

    $1000 gift card for all tourists (except Chinese)

    I should be in marketing.

  43. Geriatric Mayfly

    Get your meat if you can at current prices because once stock is sold BIG rises are on the way.
    2kg mince $73 at Bendigo.

    Local butcher revamped prices already – upwards. “Crazy times” was the excuse offered on the hastily printed A4 sheets stuck at eye level. Guy before me cleaned out all the thin sausages.

  44. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Infidel Tiger at 12:08 pm:

    ” …

    We are looking at something much much worse than the great depression.”

    Give it a rest you fool.

  45. Andreas

    Only certain people are being tested, mostly those who have come recently from overseas or people in contact with confirmed cases. So who knows what the true extent is.

  46. Dr Faustus

    Shale oil wells can be closed and open at will.

    If you know how to do this without losing well/frac productivity and reserve recovery there are several hundred shale oil producers – currently losing $20-$30/bbl cash – who will pay handsomely for the IP.

  47. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Point was just made on Fox News that Democrat hatred of Trump and discouraging of young people to believe anything Trump says has led to partying young people putting themselves at unnecessary risk.

    We certainly saw a lot of this at South Beach Miami today; hate Trump, disbelieve, and carry on.

    No-one said and die, but that is what could happen. Recent figures show some young people are dying from this thing.

  48. OldOzzie

    Farmer Gez
    #3363734, posted on March 19, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Mr Magic Bronson. You have absolutely no idea what your talking about.
    The beef herd is at near record low levels. Cattle at record numbers were killed off as the farmers ran out of feed and only kept the prime breeders. It will take years to build up again.
    Sheep are a far quicker turn around due to high fertility but there’s no chance it will turn around in a year.

    Farmer Gez,

    disagree re cattle – on way down to Snow Country over last weekend, stopping at son’s mates farm near Fitzroy Falls, lush grass and a hell of a lot of vealers there, down through to Goulburn and through Countryside down to Cooma and Jindabyne, again lots of vealers, Angus and Poll Hereford and lush grass.

    Son”s Farm Mate has just had 5 lambs slaughtered by local butcher for Freezing.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Graeme – The common cold is an adenovirus not a coronavirus. Yes as to the temperature range since we’re getting into autumn, which makes transmission increasingly likely here. Which is not good.

  50. bespoke

    And for the last time the G-teem moralizes full of good cheer and a belly full of rations.

  51. feelthebern

    The ladies at The Real know the important shit.

  52. feelthebern

    More important stuff.

  53. MatrixTransform

    Gold $2600/oz.
    A$57.25

    when the dust settles JC is probably gonna be starting up as a bank.

    remember your friends … and chuck us some mince from time to time

  54. Infidel Tiger

    Give it a rest you fool.

    Suck my nuts, you pompous old xunt.

  55. feelthebern

    Black women rock !

  56. Mother Lode

    Numbers – Why is it strange that the commander in chief of all US armed services is implementing the law of the US which has been historically drafted for exactly such emergencies?

    Warriors like numbers are often dismissive of civilians engaging in anything with even the faintest scent of military.

    What would someone like Trump know about operating a projector at a base, or spending half a century telling people until their ears bleed about how they alone were forced to Vietnam while others got to opt out.

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    We certainly saw a lot of this at South Beach Miami today

    Party, party!!

    Pandemic? What pandemic? Thousands of spring break revelers defy coronavirus fears as they party in Miami Beach – hours after the city issued a state of emergency (14 Mar)

    Schools and universities across the United States are closing as the coronavirus impacts American’s everyday lives, but that hasn’t stopped young folks from partying it up in Miami for spring break.

    Photos show scantily clad revelers taking to Miami Beach on Thursday just hours after the city announced a state of emergency in the midst of the global pandemic.

    Gen Zers could be seen pouring cans of Limeritas and other alcoholic drinks on twerking girls in the ocean.

    Florida Men, Florida Women and Florida Yxes.

  58. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How are they distinguishing between other corona viruses, of a type that often show up as the common cold?

    Different structure in RNA and attachment. Attaches to the ACE2 cells on the tissues of the respiratory and circulatory system. The common corona virus cold does not do this. The common cold is just one type of Corona virus, although both do attack via the respiratory system. Can also enter through other mucous tissues. Eyes are at risk for entry of the CoV2 Corona virus, for instance. The tests are getting better, quicker and more accurate.

  59. Pyrmonter

    I’ve a feeling this will have fans on the Cat. To me, it looks like a minister roving outside his portfolio areas and seeking to menace law abiding consumers and entrepreneurs. Where exactly are the regulations for the Australian toilet paper market?

    It’s a bit fatuous – Dutton is a bully, playing to a particular demographic of biddable voters in Queensland and parts of NSW that doesn’t have counterparts elsewhere – but poses serious questions. Do we even play lip services to being a law-state? Does Dutton, minister responsible for the AFP, accept the idea of the rule of law (could he tell us what it is?).

    This is arbitrary and capricious. It is the way Argentina transitioned from first world membership to a pretty poor position in the third world league tables.

    Police are coming for those stockpiling essentials and trying to make a profit

    ABC News

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton didn’t mess around this morning on 2GB when he was asked about people stockpiling goods then selling them for profit. ABC Federal Political reporter Matt Doran was listening in to the interview. Here’s Matt:

    Panic buying and hoarding has hit most of the nation’s supermarkets during the coronavirus outbreak, with the Prime Minister labelling it as “ridiculous” and urging people to stop.

    Mr Dutton, who is in isolation after being infected with coronavirus, has come out swinging.

    He’s told Sydney radio station 2GB he believes some people aren’t stockpiling for themselves, and are rather looking to profit by selling items on the black market.
    “I’m going to come after those people, and I’ll give them a fair warning now — it won’t be a pretty experience when we deal with them.

    “Because the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force, New South Wales Police, Victorian Police and elsewhere are onto this at the moment, and this is part of our demand problems.

    “We will come down like a tonne of bricks on those individuals.”

    Mr Dutton said anyone who has photos, car registration details or any other evidence of people acting in such a way to contact Crimestoppers.

  60. Porter

    I’ve heard only local face mask maker had been temporarily um nationalised.

    Thanks, notafan.

  61. mh

    Younger people may not be as invulnerable to the effects of Covid-19 as previously thought, according to data released on Monday by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, as a top American health official and US President Donald Trump urged the country’s millennials to heed social distancing guidelines.
    The CDC’s study of 4,226 coronavirus infections recorded in the US from February 12 to Monday showed that about a fifth of 705 people aged 20-44 were hospitalised, with 2-4 per cent requiring intensive care.
    ..

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3075864/younger-adults-less-immune-covid-19-health-risks-thought-us

  62. Porter

    Where exactly are the regulations for the Australian toilet paper market?

    If you are not selling above the counter you are not paying tax. I say to Dutton, go for it.

  63. Snoopy

    Supposing the medical and nursing staff could be found is it feasible to use cruise liners as hospital ships?

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Qantas must and will have to be nationalised to save it.

    Best thing that could happen.

  65. egg_

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3363810, posted on March 19, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Good to see you’re still with us, Lizzie.

    /Virus Greta

  66. Porter

    I missed the toons this morning but Leak seems on the money.

  67. Bruce of Newcastle

    Qantas must and will have to be nationalised to save it.

    Why would you want to save it?

  68. feelthebern

    Increasingly looks that way. I want to see a massive spike soon to justify losing everything.

    Exactly.
    I said I’d short 100 Australian deaths by the end of March.
    No one wanted the other side of the bet.

  69. Infidel Tiger

    It already has all the infrastructure.

    Now it’s broke. We transfer ownership to the state.

    Was a much better airline then anyway.

  70. egg_

    Eyes are at risk for entry of the CoV2 Corona virus

    PPE update:
    – Mask: check
    – Safety Glasses: check

    Only saw one Anglo wanker at the North Shore shops wearing a mask.
    Middle Aged Asthmatic weed?

  71. feelthebern

    Virus won’t get us.
    But the government & msm induced over reaction will.
    We are looking at the biggest shock to the Australian system since the great depression.
    All self inflicted.

  72. Bruce of Newcastle

    It already has all the infrastructure.

    Sell it all to Singapore Airlines.
    They’ll do SYD-MEL like clockwork without the virtue signalling.

  73. calli

    Supposing the medical and nursing staff could be found is it feasible to use cruise liners as hospital ships?

    We’ve got one full of these halfwits off South America.

  74. feelthebern

    Paraphrasing the best recurring tweets over the last week or so.

    Rock, paper, scissors, GUN.
    &
    All the people buying supplies are essentially stocking up for those with guns.

  75. Porter

    It was put to Mr Dutton by Hadley that organised groups were sending buses into regional towns and clearing out supermarkets

    “It’s a busload of Asian Australians I presume with a trailer on the back, just going to these shopping centres and shops… Aldi, Coles and Woollies and clearing the joint out.” Hadley said.

    “I’m at a loss, do they sell it at local stores or take it elsewhere? Do you know where all the items are going?”

    “Yes, I do but investigations are underway so I’m not going into more detail,” Mr Dutton replied.

    Photos and footage have shown people of all ethnicities hoarding groceries across Sydney.

    DT helpfully distancing itself from any claim in the seriously corrupt NSW ADB. https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/companies/australian-shoppers-have-been-urged-to-shop-as-normal-and-not-stockpile-goods/news-story/40ae334506cc3157565ff799f986aa00

  76. egg_

    Chunk checkout chick at Woolies only allowed me 2x long life milk and 2x cans of beans and was even trying confiscate the ramen.
    Used my Coles bags and said I’d visit Coles, next.
    /Old Anglo

  77. feelthebern

    Still only 6 deaths in Australia from coronavirus since it first presented here in Oz 2 months ago.
    3 from the one nursing home.
    Can anyone else name something that has killed 6 people in Oz in a two month period that has caused so much media/government induced panic?

  78. Mother Lode

    Numbers, you appear bitter about something.

    His past charges grow up and become the people he hates. And they don’t give him a thought except at reunions where they all laugh about his crotchety and daggy ways, and how he suddenly used to stand frozen, eyes gazing at something far away in front but which was not there, and begin to sweat whenever the film came off the sprockets on the Super 8.

    (Super 8. Not Defec8 – but they are Super Friends together.)

  79. egg_

    But the government & msm induced over reaction will.

    Are the raging Nannies still amongst the Cats, online?

    Forgot to add that Johanna copped a swipe, too.
    “If you’re not panicking like me, you’re part of the problem!!11!”

  80. johanna

    Days after a Health Minister (I think it was the Victorian moron) told us to stock up on medicines – suggested a couple of months’ supply, IIRC – it has been announced that pharmacies are now restricting prescription medicines to a month’s supply because of fears of running out of stock.

    I cannot believe what a fustercluck this has been.

    Headless chickens have a more considered approach.

  81. feelthebern

    There are two classes of people in Australia.
    Those who live of taxpayer funds.
    & those who don’t.

  82. egg_

    feelthebern
    #3363834, posted on March 19, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    How are your chunk staffers?

  83. feelthebern

    For an allegedly libertarian blog, there is a surprisingly high number of people here who slurping up the the shit the governments are spraying.

  84. Geriatric Mayfly

    Qantas must and will have to be nationalised to save it.

    Union thug, Sheldon should step down from the Senate red leather for this calling. He’s saved it often in the past.

  85. Farmer Gez

    Farmer Gez,

    disagree re cattle – on way down to Snow Country over last weekend, stopping at son’s mates farm near Fitzroy Falls, lush grass and a hell of a lot of vealers there, down through to Goulburn and through Countryside down to Cooma and Jindabyne, again lots of vealers, Angus and Poll Hereford and lush grass.

    Son”s Farm Mate has just had 5 lambs slaughtered by local butcher for Freezing.

    We’ve been selling hay into that area for months. They told us they were down to breeders.
    I’m not saying there won’t be fat cattle to sell or slaughter but the numbers add up to price rises. The per kilo for beef is over 300 cents now after being in the low 200’s for ages.
    I’m not speculating, I’m telling you the prices and a view from a wider sample.

  86. feelthebern

    How are your chunk staffers?

    All working hard.
    Just like my Australian born staff members.

  87. Caveman

    We are looking at something much much worse than the great depression

    Yes it will be called the Great Great Depression ( In keeping with each new century)
    DOW to fall another 50% from here
    Qaintarse pick that up for $1 in 6 months.

  88. egg_

    All working hard.

    Good to hear.

  89. GOLD
    2686.71/oz
    SILVER
    22.11/oz
    FX RATE
    0.5554

  90. hzhousewife

    Chatted to a friend last night. In her tiny town there is an IGA. On Sunday arvo toilet rolls were split from packs and selling at 50c each. On Monday arvo same toilet rolls were selling singly for $1.00 each. She said the townfolk won’t forget.

    Her daughter teaches English in South Korea, in government schools. They closed in January and are due to re-open next Monday. Lass thinks SK did well because they traced every infected person meticulously and used phone gps and cameras to track people in order to follow their every move and get all contacts and people at risk tested. Plus it’s a small dense country. In no way could a person told to self-isolate then get on a plane to Hamilton Island, which apparently happened here in Sydney recently. Docile population helps in these instances.

  91. feelthebern

    There has never been a better time to be living on a farm.
    As long as you have ample water, that is.
    If you’re off grid too, even better.

  92. Arky

    Any elderly cats in far outer Melbourne east suburbs unable to shop, drop a msg on this thread.

  93. egg_

    Headless chickens

    That’s yer stock markets, right there.

  94. feelthebern

    On Sunday arvo toilet rolls were split from packs and selling at 50c each. On Monday arvo same toilet rolls were selling singly for $1.00 each. She said the townfolk won’t forget.

    But the ACCC is too busy trying to stop TPG merging with Vodafone in Australia.
    That surely is a higher priority.

  95. egg_

    Have we lost any Cats, yet?
    China announced a declaration of War?

  96. Porter

    Days after a Health Minister (I think it was the Victorian moron) told us to stock up on medicines – suggested a couple of months’ supply, IIRC –

    Yes the Victorian moron and the Vic health website tells people to stock up (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-coronavirus-disease-covid-19 under ‘How should I be prepared…’). Ordinarily I’d just say let the Victorians die given they continue to vote in socialist frauds like Andrews except for family and good mates who live there Between fires and virus and the general clusterfuck über red-taped, hyper green-taped, over charged, corrupt nanny state that is Victoria, a couple are in real crisis at the moment. But apart from family and friends, the rest of youse Vics can burn. 🙂 (Just kidding. Maybe.)

  97. johanna

    egg, no wonder people are panicking.

    The political class has failed miserably, with ignorant and contradictory pronouncements, and the rules changing almost daily.

    I spoke to a GP friend yesterday, and she reminded me that the first thing they said at the start was to see your GP if you think you might have it. Then they realised that if someone did have it, the surgery would have to be shut down for two weeks, so they hastily retracted that advice, but it was too late. Her surgery was overflowing with frightened people with a sniffle.

    She administered a test to herself recently, and then couldn’t find any facility in the ACT that would test it. It took a lot of arm-twisting to finally get it done (she’s clear, BTW, no thanks to the stupid politicians).

    I rang the clinic yesterday to find out when the regular flu vaccine would be available, and they don’t know – hopefully in a couple of weeks, they said, but nobody could tell them exactly when.

    It’s a mess.

  98. mh

    TROOPS ON THE STREETS Army preparing 20,000 troops to join coronavirus fight as London faces total lockdown and death rate soars

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11205235/army-preparing-troops-coronavirus-fight/

  99. feelthebern

    Overnight there was a lot of backslapping from the usual suspects.
    They’d lobbied the NBN to take off the artificially slow data speeds for no extra charge to consumers.
    Let that sink in for a bit.

  100. egg_

    Supposing the medical and nursing staff could be found is it feasible to use cruise liners as hospital ships?

    c. 40 cruise liners currently at sea IIRC.

  101. Makka

    Last year’s flu score was circa 650k deaths ww. Likely several hundred k more due to reporting anomalies in various countries. Today for cv9 , not 9k. Of which many indeed most would be highly susceptible in the coming flu season.

    Govts gone mad. Sending our lemming morons crazy with millennial media zombie holocaust survivors living their TWD Armageddon live on tellie for us.

    God ever forbid we should have to get into a fair dinkum war.

  102. Porter

    The death of corporate virtue signalling

    Sure the collapse of rugby league would leave a cultural void. But above all, we’d lose the benefit of the NRL’s moral guidance on the great issues of our time.

    The Mocker at the Oz.

    Why this COVID-19 pandemic will kill globalisation

    Coronavirus will transform, if not completely kill, globalisation as we have known it and enhance the power of national governments.

    Greg Sheridan.

    Just skimming headlines in between things. We are having a big clean out at the moment. As long as we don’t throw out the baby this can have positive long term results.

  103. egg_

    no wonder people are panicking.

    The political class has failed miserably, with ignorant and contradictory pronouncements, and the rules changing almost daily.

    Thankfully, many Cats are self reliant and not Nanny statists.
    Announcement at Wooles to remain calm or it will be dealt with.
    It was quite calm, anyway, and mostly Anglos in a highly chunk neighbourhood, so they may have gone to ground/rural NSW foraging.
    Zero TP at Colesworths.

  104. Porter

    For an allegedly libertarian blog, there is a surprisingly high number of people here who slurping up the the shit the governments are spraying.

    It’s libertarian and centre right blog. Also, libertarians are free to slurp up any shit they like. Leyonhjelm slurped shit direct with a straw shoved up the taxpayers’ bum.

  105. Knuckle Dragger

    3.11 Australians are killed per day in traffic collisions.

    Six and a bit since Tuesday morning. Hundreds injured despite restrictions on speed and pissy driving.

    Are we all walking yet? If not, why not?

  106. Farmer Gez:

    There’s probably nothing illegal about the business if all paperwork is filled out. I bet they aren’t paying enough or any tax though. Greedy people always need to fleece everyone.
    Like Al Capone – get the ATO on to them first.

    Does anyone know if the goods have subsidised postal rates, like the rates coming the other way?
    That is, stuff we buy from China is carried free when it gets to the US/Australia etc – that’s my understanding anyway. Some postal agreement from the UN.

  107. calli

    Any Climate Change news today? Where’s Greta?

  108. thefrollickingmole

    That Leak cartoon is a pearler.

    Tailgunner will have that on the inside of his locker on site.

    Snoopy
    #3363816, posted on March 19, 2020 at 12:45 pm
    Supposing the medical and nursing staff could be found is it feasible to use cruise liners as hospital ships?

    Only if they don’t share ventilation and are reasonably airtight rooms.
    They could be used, but probably difficult to isolate each room to prevent airflow going where you don’t want it to.
    They made a couple of movies about it.

  109. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy says the anti-Trump partying we saw taking place on Miami South Beach, in the midst of the lovely old Art Deco, by young people of many ethnicities in search of trouble and drug dealers with ready supply and cops standing waiting, during a curfew, was like Schoolies, With Guns.

    I don’t wanna stay here, I said as we drove down that avenue.

    You picked it immediately, Lizzie, Hairy says to me now. Social and medical incubators.

    I’ve seen a few things, I say wisely. One upwomanship where I can. 😀

    The kids think it’s a ‘hurricane party’ said the garage man, like you have before it arrives.
    But it is not. The party itself is the coming hurricane for them.

  110. egg_

    3.11 Australians are killed per day in traffic collisions.

    Six and a bit since Tuesday morning. Hundreds injured despite restrictions on speed and pissy driving.

    This is what I was trying to drive home to our resident panicker.
    /Flameproof Underground Mining Safety Engineer

  111. Mother Lode

    Just got an automated call ‘from’ NBN Co telling me that they were going to shut off my NBN connection unless I arranged with them to have it switched back on.

    I let it go as far as ‘Press one to be put in touch with a technician’ – which of course I did not do.

    What was interesting was that it was a synthesised voice – they must have tweaked that people with thick Indian accents calling themselves Horace or Sue wasn’t working for them.

  112. mh

    Lizzie, it’s “spring break.”

    Yes, a tradition like schoolies.

  113. feelthebern

    Once this is all down, one should seriously consider moving to a jurisdiction that allows guns ownership.
    You can not rely on anyone but yourself to keep you safe.
    There is no going back this.

  114. Porter

    And there was Sinc, investing all this effort into bitcoin and blockchain. Not worth toiletpaper to wipe your arse with.

  115. feelthebern

    all done
    not all down

  116. Infidel Tiger

    Once this is all down, one should seriously consider moving to a jurisdiction that allows guns ownership.
    You can not rely on anyone but yourself to keep you safe.
    There is no going back this.

    My only life goal now is a rural compound with massive larder, wine cellar and armoury.

    I’m not fucking joking.

  117. Infidel Tiger

    AUD 56c!

    OMG.

    FME.

  118. feelthebern

    One of the reasons the AUD is tumbling is because the Aussie banks are having to tap the Fed Reserve overnight repo facility because the RBA has done so little.
    The RBA knows this.
    They see the flow almost real time.
    They know the exact numbers at end of day & those who have tapped it.
    The RBA’s decision making & lack of action has now made Australia a very high risk jurisdiction to hold assets in.

  119. 132andBush

    My only life goal now is a rural compound with massive larder, wine cellar and armoury.

    We also have clear fields of fire 🙂

  120. struth

    104 deaths in England of old people who usually die of such things.
    In their thousands annually.
    The ages and prior condition of the victims appears to be something you don’t need to know.
    Mh shows us the front page of the Sun.

    We have hsd six deaths in total and left aligned governments and media allvover the west are having a field day.

    No one seems to be reported on the virus effect on the rest of the globe.
    Just those countries they wish to crash.

  121. feelthebern

    My only life goal now is a rural compound with massive larder, wine cellar and armoury.

    Perfect.

  122. egg_

    Only if they don’t share ventilation and are reasonably airtight rooms.

    Even on Naval ships, positive ventilation is required for safe zones – air con is a risk, even if chaff is fired.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    All this for nothing.

    We have almost zero cases and no unexpected deaths.

    This is the worst mass hysteria in history.

  124. feelthebern

    If KP was still alive, he would have scarpered onto the Artic P a month ago & lived on the high seas for 12 months.

  125. Porter

    We are wetting ourselves laughing over this video. I recommend you do not view if you are eating lunch. Also I promise you will never eat peanut butter again.

    How to effectively clean up your butt after poo?
    https://youtu.be/1Z05BG6zxEE

  126. struth

    Gday Makka
    Hope you are surviving the black death.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    The Bearded Crank
    @beardedcrank
    ·
    58m
    Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday evening that the state typically receives about 2,000 claims daily. “Two, three days ago we saw about 40,000… then 70,000.” he said. “Yesterday, 80,000 applications. It doubled in a 48 hours period.”

    California unemployment numbers.

    Why the fuck are we doing this?

    Fuck China.

  128. Porter

    OK latest ruse in regional IGAs in Victoria. Four Indian dudes pull up in a people mover and go into local IGA one at a time and buy one of everything and stack in the van.

  129. 132andBush

    Farmer Gez,
    Great news on the Lentils and beans.
    How’re you fairing re Glyph and pre emergent?

    Two summer rain events just the right(wrong) time apart have meant two generations of summer weeds to contend with just when Glyphosate started running out.

  130. Arky

    Does anyone know if the goods have subsidised postal rates, like the rates coming the other way?
    That is, stuff we buy from China is carried free when it gets to the US/Australia etc – that’s my understanding anyway. Some postal agreement from the UN.

    ..
    Probably.

    In the UPU’s 2019 Postal Development Report, countries are ranked on a complex range of variables and formulas. Within that report, the “undeveloped” country of China is ranked 15th among 172 countries — placing them above Australia (25), Singapore (18), Norway (23), and a number of other “developed” countries that have been paying top-tier rates within the UPU for years.

    Now, what do savvy sellers do to elude these high charges? They route freight through Extra Territorial Office of Exchange (ETOE) resellers. Although this might sound like an exciting sequel to an alien movie from the 1980s, it’s merely a big phrase and tidy acronym for a postal company that sets up shop in another country.

    Yep — a postal entity such as Deutsche Post has the ability to register itself in another country and send parcels from the “USA” into other countries as if they had originated in Germany, allowing the Deutsche Post to access UPU rates. There are now a number of postal entities taking part in this practice and, while ETOE’s are blocked in some countries, and ETOE freight is banned from arriving in other countries, one can see how it wouldn’t take much for a few clever folks to figure out how to beat the system.

    This is the old agreement:
    ..

    1. Parcels exchanged between two Administrations are subject to the out
    ward and inward land rates shown in the table appearing in § 4.
    2. Each of the countries crossed or whose services assist in the land con
    veyance of parcels, is authorised to collect the transit land rate mentioned in
    the table which appears in § 4.
    3. The rates mentioned in §§ 1 and 2 are payable by the Administration of
    the country of origin unless provisions of the present Agreement create exceptions to this principle.
    4. Each outward, inward, or transit land rate is fixed as follows for each
    Country

  131. feelthebern

    I just googled ARTIC P & the specs came up.

    https://www.boatinternational.com/yachts/the-superyacht-directory/arctic-p–52107

    Now is not the time for some Saudi prince style super yacht.

  132. Infidel Tiger

    One of the reasons the AUD is tumbling is because the Aussie banks are having to tap the Fed Reserve overnight repo facility because the RBA has done so little.
    The RBA knows this.
    They see the flow almost real time.
    They know the exact numbers at end of day & those who have tapped it.
    The RBA’s decision making & lack of action has now made Australia a very high risk jurisdiction to hold assets in.

    The RBA will be still tinkering on its latest inclusion strategy and eco guidelines for the staff kitchen.

  133. Infidel Tiger

    OK latest ruse in regional IGAs in Victoria. Four Indian dudes pull up in a people mover and go into local IGA one at a time and buy one of everything and stack in the van.

    Bash them.

  134. mh

    Fellas,

    Our markets are responding to world events.

    It’s not due to actions from Morrison or comments posted at the Cat.

  135. feelthebern

    If anything you would instead outlaw the banks from tapping overnight loans,

    So you are ok with zero liquidity, zero credit, zero economy?
    You must have some attractive daughters you plan to whore out in exchange for food.

  136. 132andBush

    All this for nothing.

    We have almost zero cases and no unexpected deaths.

    This is the worst mass hysteria in history.

    +1

    Next logical step from the Global Warming hysteria.

  137. Infidel Tiger

    Bern, explain the fuck to me what the fuck is fucking happening here?;

    FORTESCUE $11.225 arrow indicating upward movement 8.45% $0.875

  138. struth

    Our msrkets are responding to the panic caused by the MSM

  139. Made me scroll back, frollicking.
    Thanks for the heads up!
    😃

  140. Infidel Tiger

    INGHAMS $3.30 arrow indicating upward movement 7.84% $0.24

    Chicken! We all love chicken!

  141. feelthebern

    Iron ore prices have remained resilient.
    Fortescue have commented that they have had zero cargoes impacted.
    Iron ore is priced in USD.
    Right now, it’s champagne showers at Fortescue.

  142. struth

    And our markets are responding to sco mos inaction in some areas and over reation in the wrong areas………even before this virus scare campaign.

  143. Quiet, Tiger, you’ll jinx it!
    FFS, we’re nearly there, no time for nervousness now!

  144. feelthebern

    Our msrkets are responding to the panic caused by the MSM

    Our markets have been reacting to the global liquidity squeeze since OPEC fell apart the weekend before last.
    Before that, it was pretty orderly with the coronavirus sell-offs & subsequent rallies.

  145. Infidel Tiger

    Iron ore prices have remained resilient.
    Fortescue have commented that they have had zero cargoes impacted.
    Iron ore is priced in USD.
    Right now, it’s champagne showers at Fortescue.

    Selling iron ore to our enemy.

    Fuck me.

    What a badly ordered world.

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Quiet, Tiger, you’ll jinx it!
    FFS, we’re nearly there, no time for nervousness now!

    I just want my compound.

  147. Lilliana:

    This is true. They invaders at my work have told me this. They are feeling more confident and now opening mock after our laws. They walk around town like they own the place and their shops don’t have have any English signage. They constantly flaunt traffic rules and when police arrive they suddenly speak no English. The police don’t do anything anyway in case they are seen as raaaaaacist. It’s the frog in hot water technique as they play the long game.

    They’ve obviously forgotten what happens when the community get fed up with this sort of behaviour.
    Like in Indonesia in 1965-66.

  148. Makka

    All good Struth, cheers mate. I will admit to hoarding Bundy Rum. No telling what the locusts will hoover up next and it’s the one necessity I cannot survive without.

  149. feelthebern

    No excuses bern. Friends don’t let friends subsidise bankers. Not now or ever.

    Nice in theory.
    Without functioning banks, it’s back to barter.
    Hence my comment about you whoring out your daughters for food.

  150. Porter

    Bash them.

    Some local IGA owners don’t care. They are in for the quid. Others are refusing to serve out-of-towners. A third lot – and this probably is most of them – don’t follow the news and are totally oblivious to what is going on around them and don’t care. Lots of regional centres are populated by people who have little or no resources (unemployed, single mums, pensioners) who are just struggling to survive, drug addicts and p–dos.

  151. feelthebern

    The RBNZ has shat all over the RBA over the last month.
    Sad.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    Sell it to them and then bash them. Get it back and resell it. Circle of bashing.

    Do I have to have all the ideas?

  153. Farmer Gez

    132andBush
    #3363900, posted on March 19, 2020 at 1:34 pm
    Farmer Gez,
    Great news on the Lentils and beans.
    How’re you fairing re Glyph and pre emergent?

    Two summer rain events just the right(wrong) time apart have meant two generations of summer weeds to contend with just when Glyphosate started running out.

    We’ve got our knockdown covered with glyphosate or sprayseed.
    It’s only rained about 40mm at my place and less in other parts of the farm, so we haven’t needed to use chemicals yet.
    Great to know you’ve copped some early moisture as it a great backup for later in year as we found out in 2019.
    Sheep are well in the mix with these prices, so a bit more vetch will be put in and possibly more beans. I think the new varieties and the stubble for fattening lambs is a no-brainer.

  154. feelthebern

    Magic, what’s your strategy for keep your daughter clean?
    From my watching of apocalyptic movies, word gets around very quickly if someones whores aren’t “clean”.

  155. Porter

    Damn fine ideas they are too, IT.

  156. Infidel Tiger

    Crazy Elon Musk is refusing to shut his California workshops.

  157. feelthebern

    Get it back and resell it

    Rock, paper, scissors….GUN.

  158. Makka

    Chinese rail and road traffic approaches 2019 levels. Smog back in Beijing. Electricity consumption almost normal. Put a fork init.

  159. feelthebern

    If you subsidise banks you don’t have proper capital markets.

    When have we ever had proper capital markets?
    It’s a fiction.

  160. feelthebern

    Elon Musk is saying why not break out the emergency supplies of malaria meds for at risk people to have on hand.
    Yet to see that be totally binned.

  161. Mother Lode

    INGHAMS $3.30 arrow indicating upward movement 7.84% $0.24

    Zali Steggal will be having a strange experience – performing her kerbside climate routine and no one paying attention any more, just walking on by.

    She will be beginning to feel like Greta.

  162. All this for nothing.
    We have almost zero cases and no unexpected deaths.

    This is the worst mass hysteria in history.

    +1

    Next logical step from the Global Warming hysteria.

    AGW scam has been going on for 30 years.
    It will take a while to match that.

  163. feelthebern

    BOJ announces unlimited repo’s for government debt collateral.
    Fed running at $US500bill overnight repo’s & they even accept stock collateral.
    With oil where it is, the Fed will seriously half to look at adding unrated paper as acceptable collateral for their repo operations with a 1 to 3 year facility.

  164. feelthebern

    & China announces a $US500m line of credit to Sri Lanka.
    Boom!

  165. Infidel Tiger

    I am already planning for the recovery, most people still in the “am I dying?” phase.

    Weak!

    Rural compounds are going to be in hot demand too. Time to take back all the Chi nk owned land.

    In a righteous country we would all have rural compound not a jerry built dog box in shitsville.

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, are you still glad you went?

    You bet. Will get to see my 98 year old Aunt tomorrow, and my cousins, which we’ve wanted to do for a while to reconnect. Plus, the first part of the cruise was great, the walk around tour of Punta Vallarta was energetic and great fun, the general ambience on board was very positive, and the time since has been an amazing and historic time to share with the people of the United States. Seeing those cruise ships, 30 or so all lined up parked in Miami along the shoreline, was in itself an extraordinary experience.

    Life is made of extraordinary experiences. I’ve always lived that idea.

  167. Infidel Tiger

    & China announces a $US500m line of credit to Sri Lanka.
    Boom!

    Don’t touch it. It’s poison.

  168. Farmer Gez

    Wheat had jumped 10% in price since last Friday.
    The dollar collapse is the main cause.

  169. Makka

    “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”. Charle L Mackay 1841 , subsequently reprinted and updated during the 20th century.

    Time to update in the 21st.

  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We’ve also enjoyed Florida and The Keys very much. And I’ve always wanted to see the Art Deco streets in Miami Beach. They were wonderful, such innovative decorative architectural thinking in the 40’s and 50s extending on the work of the 30’s. As in New Zealand’s Napier, some of it driven by an economic needs must, other parts of it an exuberant display for its own sake. It is World Heritage stuff.

  171. feelthebern

    China, loan to own strategy continues.
    India will scream about this but everyone is too busy surviving to do anything.

  172. MatrixTransform

    slurping up the the shit the governments are spraying.

    Just got off the phone
    unnamed Inner City hotel has sub 20% occupancy.
    Staff furloughed and spending stopped
    They are talking about closing the doors to stop the cash leaving

  173. thefrollickingmole

    The kids think it’s a ‘hurricane party’ said the garage man, like you have before it arrives.
    But it is not. The party itself is the coming hurricane for them.

    Masque of the red death anyone>?
    http://www.online-literature.com/poe/36/

    THE “Red Death” had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour.
    But the Prince Prospero was happy and dauntless and sagacious. When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale and light-hearted friends from among the knights and dames of his court, and with these retired to the deep seclusion of one of his castellated abbeys. This was an extensive and magnificent structure, the creation of the prince’s own eccentric yet august taste. A strong and lofty wall girdled it in. This wall had gates of iron. The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts. They resolved to leave means neither of ingress or egress to the sudden impulses of despair or of frenzy from within. The abbey was amply provisioned. With such precautions the courtiers might bid defiance to contagion. The external world could take care of itself. In the meantime it was folly to grieve, or to think. The prince had provided all the appliances of pleasure. There were buffoons, there were improvisatori, there were ballet-dancers, there were musicians, there was Beauty, there was wine. All these and security were within. Without was the “Red Death.”

  174. Infidel Tiger

    We’ve also enjoyed Florida and The Keys very much. And I’ve always wanted to see the Art Deco streets in Miami Beach. They were wonderful, such innovative decorative architectural thinking in the 40’s and 50s extending on the work of the 30’s. As in New Zealand’s Napier, some of it driven by an economic needs must, other parts of it an exuberant display for its own sake. It is World Heritage stuff.

    No. One. Cares.

  175. feelthebern

    Bottom line, the world could have handled coronavirus.
    But not when OPEC fell apart.
    With oil in the mid-20’s every US producer goes bust & takes global bond markets with it.
    Equity markets to bond markets are what a mossie is to an elephant.

  176. China, loan to own strategy continues.
    India will scream about this but everyone is too busy surviving to do anything.

    Where is the Chinese Navy?

  177. egg_

    Govts gone mad. Sending our lemming morons crazy with millennial media zombie holocaust survivors living their TWD Armageddon live on tellie for us.

    Are Twitter/Facebook turds videoing themselves in masks?

  178. cohenite

    OK latest ruse in regional IGAs in Victoria. Four Indian dudes pull up in a people mover and go into local IGA one at a time and buy one of everything and stack in the van.

    This is why quotas will not work.

    I’m not advocating violence but anyone found panic buying, which is a misnomer since a hard core of people are being quite deliberate and organised about this, should be shot.

  179. feelthebern

    No liquidity.
    No credit.
    No economy.
    The RBA knows this & has done next to nothing.
    Their negligence is criminal.

  180. josh

    Lots die of virus induced pneumonia every year but they do it after receiving suitable medical treatment.

    They don’t die on mass in hospital car parks because the place is full.

    That’s where we’re heading with the current infection growth trajectory.

    Lily is a lillypad in a small pond. Lilly doubles her size each day, On the 20th day she cover the whole pond. On what day was Lily half the size of the pond?

  181. Infidel Tiger

    How exciting the footy starts tonight.

    Have never cared less.

  182. AGW scam has been going on for 30 years.
    It will take a while to match that.

    Remember (not so long ago) when a storm was just a storm and a hurricane was just a hurricane and a flood was just a flood?

    Then along came the great global warming swindle and a storm was now climate change and a hurricane was a climate crisis and a flood a climate catastrophe. And the only way to avoid these crises and catastrophes was huge taxes, imposts, inconveniences, lecturing and loss of freedoms whilst an elite profited massively from the panic, confusion, misinformation, disinformation and agitprop and the Western nations slowly collapsed.

    Just imagine if they could repeat this…with a virus.

    Let’s all welcome our new invisible overlords!
    Step aside Co2 you puny invisible trace gas, you failed. Influenza, coronavirus and all the strains and mutations, endlessly repeatable, perhaps even multiple times a year is the new invisible “threat”. All you need is a new relatively harmless virus, a few scary videos to leak out and some misinformation about cover ups and hey presto! Your very own anti-western weapon of mass destruction. And to assist you is our very well experienced, willing and treasonous Marxist Stream Media, corrupt pollies and the domestic left.

    We’ll soon be at war against the Eurasian virus, we’ve always been at war with the Eurasian virus, except when we were at war with the Oceanian virus.

  183. feelthebern

    Thank goodness we have a civil war historian to save us from the current crisis.
    Please disconnect from the internet, lest your retarded comments infect the minds of others.

  184. If Dusty kicks 5 and no one sees it – did it really happen??!?

  185. Infidel Tiger

    New cases of Wuhan China Flu in WA since yesterday….. ZERO.

    And we will still lose our homes and businesses.

    Thanks xunts.

  186. thefrollickingmole

    The foetid parasites of beggar my neighbour known as Woolworths have decided they have no responsibility to remote clients at all and have suspended all pick and deliver (to one transport provider once a week) for our town.

    So much for corporate responsibility, if you aren’t in the city you don’t count.

    In bracing news a local fruit & veggie dealer has guaranteed delivery and we will be moving back to a “company store” type operation where invoices will be run up against your pay and Woolies will never see another dollar from here.
    We already have a great couple of butchers doing the same.
    And the nearest IGA will provide whats left.

    A hearty get fucked to colesworth you rancid dingo vaginas.

  187. egg_

    OK latest ruse in regional IGAs in Victoria. Four Indian dudes pull up in a people mover and go into local IGA one at a time and buy one of everything and stack in the van.

    Probably learning off the chunks.
    Per Calli, Sydney shelf stripping is indiscriminate.

  188. One positive thing about this scare is that Sydney is deserted. It reminds me of the time before we imported a zillion UnAustralians that ScoMo complained about being UnAustralian the other day.
    When you could walk down the street with little chance of walking into someone every 3 steps.
    When you could sit down on public transport 90% of the time instead of 10%.
    When housing wasn’t eating nearly half your income.
    And when nearly every conversation you heard was held in English.

  189. In bracing news a local fruit & veggie dealer has guaranteed delivery and we will be moving back to a “company store” type operation where invoices will be run up against your pay and Woolies will never see another dollar from here.
    We already have a great couple of butchers doing the same.

    This is what Localism looks like!
    It’s Happening!!!
    AltStraya

  190. thefrollickingmole

    When you could sit down on public transport 90% of the time instead of 10%.
    When housing wasn’t eating nearly half your income.
    And when nearly every conversation you heard was held in English.

    But think of the variety of food you have nowadays.

    Those bat [email protected] and rat vulva soups wont make themselves you know.

  191. Struth

    That’s where we’re heading with the current infection growth trajectory.

    Bullshit.
    Take a bex and lie down, son.

  192. feelthebern

    With no credit, there is no small business.
    You clearly have never worked in a commercial setting.
    How long have you been a DSP recipient?

  193. Nota – I dropped into the Coles Express just before.
    Excellent Intel.
    Good range of items, plenty o Milk, a little dry pasta, tins of tomatoes &red beans.
    Didn’t look for TP paper. Was already rolling with my site stash – 14 rolls. The ones in my toolbox went a lol oval shaped, but still good.
    Normal shopping? In Bridge Rd? Lol
    Sucked in rural Viccos!
    Time to stop the buses of looters!

  194. Struth

    Let’s all welcome our new invisible overlords!
    Step aside Co2 you puny invisible trace gas, you failed. Influenza, coronavirus and all the strains and mutations, endlessly repeatable, perhaps even multiple times a year is the new invisible “threat”. All you need is a new relatively harmless virus, a few scary videos to leak out and some misinformation about cover ups and hey presto! Your very own anti-western weapon of mass destruction. And to assist you is our very well experienced, willing and treasonous Marxist Stream Media, corrupt pollies and the domestic left.

    exactl

  195. Infidel Tiger

    The Greek brown bread – rumor at this stage.

  196. Ellen of Tasmania

    Ms. Moynihan would be greatly encouraged by the Cat and Infidel Tiger, in particular, methinks.

  197. Roger

    COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin

    So it was the bat soup after all!

  198. Infidel Tiger

    COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin

    Yes, if you consider ChiComs part of nature.

    Sure.

  199. Rossini

    Local super market soap powder isle barren!
    Are we facing a shortage???
    Or are the collectors listening to ScoMo

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Which Grik??
    Phillip?

    That’s the rumour.

    I call BS.

    A man as great as him has at least another decade. Greatest comedian in history.

  201. calli

    Interesting about the natural occurrence.

    Shortly after the epidemic began, Chinese scientists sequenced the genome of SARS-CoV-2 and made the data available to researchers worldwide. The resulting genomic sequence data has shown that Chinese authorities rapidly detected the epidemic and that the number of COVID-19 cases have been increasing because of human to human transmission after a single introduction into the human population. Andersen and collaborators at several other research institutions used this sequencing data to explore the origins and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 by focusing in on several tell-tale features of the virus.

    I presume scientists outside China used samples of the virus from affected people in their own countries and did not rely on what the Chinese let them have.

    *trust but verify*

  202. Mother Lode

    I love that song, frollicking.

  203. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From feelthebern at 12:37 pm:

    “The ladies at The Real know the important shit.”

    They gift these No Idea readers government portfolios to play with and call them “Minister” just so they can thumb their reconstructed noses at their enemies, and more importantly, at their friends.

    Their command of vacuous is simply alarming. Their Oprah audience would applaud and cheer if they picked their noses or spat on the floor.

  204. calli

    The Grik is a Chuck Norris prototype. Keef Richards is the hip version.

  205. Top Ender

    The severity of coronavirus’s economic impact means the death of corporate virtue signalling

    THE MOCKER

    Many people are aware the National Rugby League’s “Simply the Best” promotional video this year was a revamp of a 30-year-old campaign featuring Tina Turner, but did you know there was a revamp of the revamp last Sunday? This time it was Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys taking the stage with the microphone. In case you missed it:

    I call you when I need you

    The budget is dire

    Send funds to me, wire it to me

    Or I’ll expire

    Ooh you come to me,

    Give me everything I need

    Give me a lifetime of subsidy

    Treat me like a queen

    Because I’m far more important

    Than Corona vaccine

    It can’t be wrong

    Write that cheque and make it long, baby

    I’m simply a pest

    A fetter on all the rest

    A debtor to everyone

    Anyone I’ve ever met

    I’m a whiney upstart

    Demanding someone’s else’s pay

    Make a brand new start? No no no

    Baby I would rather be dead

    Each time I’m flat broke I start losing control

    All I want is your love and a massive bankroll

    I’m no good at standing up on my own

    Oh, baby, don’t let go!

    That is a version which aptly sums up the NRL’s attitude. A little hyperbole admittedly, but V’landys and NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg deserve it. Their extraordinary press conference was not an impassioned plea for financial assistance, but a boorish and petulant demand. “An Australia without rugby league is not Australia,” declared V’landys. “The government has to assist us in this crisis because it is not of our own doing.”

    Apparently the NRL is unique in that respect. “The last resort for us is to go to the players and ask them for a pay cut because, like the rest of us, they’ve got mortgages and made commitments on the money they believe they’re going to get,” he said. How is this different from any every other Australian, many of whom face the prospect of financial ruin?

    If that is indicative of the administration’s mettle, it may be time for the government and the Returned Services League to reconsider their approval for the code to play under the annual “Anzac Test” banner. The only precedent approaching this degree of pitifulness was in 2001 when the game’s administrators, to the dismay of supporters, initially cancelled the Kangaroo Tour to Britain, citing fears about terrorism in the wake of 9/11. It was rapidly rescinded when someone pointed out the attacks had stopped the brave men of league from travelling overseas, but not The Wiggles.

    If rugby league’s governing body does fold, it will be terrible for those whose livelihood depends on the game. For many Australians, it would be a cultural void. No more televised Friday night games. No more spending September on the couch watching elimination matches. Above all, no longer will we enjoy the benefit of what the NRL has become famous for in recent years, and that is giving moral guidance to us plebs about the great issues of our time.

    There is also the role NRL plays in education. Take for example its promotional video of this year. I found it most informative, for I learned that indigenous people play league. I never noticed this in all my years of watching the sport, even when seeing the greats like Larry Corowa, Steve Ella and Arthur Beetson, just to name a few.

    We also know now that Souths player Latrell Mitchell shares this heritage, and that he has a habit of standing on the shore in the early hours with the Aboriginal flag draped around his shoulders. I get the producers were aiming for the mystical look, but Mitchell’s expression as he looks out to sea is more a forlorn one, almost as if he were contemplating the game’s future. Rather apt you could say.

    The lesbians in this promo, I am pleased to say, looked a lot happier. Thanks to the NRL we also discovered this demographic are in the habit of kissing, which none of us non-woke folk knew before. But league’s administering body seized on what was a spontaneous act of affection to let us know that some of the officials’ friends are minorities. That not-so-subtle usurpation was reminiscent of that episode in the cartoon series The Simpsons where the family are on a Hollywood tour and Marge points out the residence of Ellen DeGeneres and her then partner Anne Heche, both of whom are holding hands on the front porch.
    “We’re lesbians!”, shout the couple excitedly as they wave.

    The NRL’s video was “a box-ticking exercise, ” wrote Paul Kent of the Daily Telegraph earlier this month. “Bland, politically correct gestures from an NRL losing touch with the great majority of the game’s fans as it continues its blind path towards irrelevance,” he said. “It is a dangerous path they follow, ignoring the great majority of its fans.”

    Kent is correct. During the same-sex marriage postal plebiscite, the 2017 grand final featured American artist Macklemore and his song “Same Love”. This concluded with him declaring “equality for all” whilst rainbow fireworks exploded in the background. It politicised the game and to many it was a case of league officials condescending to a captive audience.

    Given the NRL’s obsession with gratuitous moral instruction, you wonder what pre-grand final “entertainment” would be if not for coronavirus’s reality punch. Perhaps this would take the form of former Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, Gosford activist priest Father Rod Bower, and human rights barrister Julian Burnside lecturing the crowd on the evils of the government’s asylum-seeker policies. Or maybe professor Tim Flannery doing an interpretive dance on the importance of addressing climate change.

    It is not just the game’s administrators who have become arrogant. In the 2019 State of Origin series many players, both indigenous and non-indigenous, boycotted the national anthem. While not taking part, Maroons captain Daly Cherry-Evans and NSW coach Brad Fittler both said they respected the boycott. In the lead-up to this year’s indigenous All Stars game, V’landys announced the anthem would not be played, citing players’ concerns about it supposedly not representing them. Presumably on principle none of these players will accept money from the taxpayers who sing with pride this same anthem.

    If the NRL is to receive any public moneys – and that is a big if – then its officials, beginning with V’landys, need a lesson in humility. Whether it is deserving of support is highly contentious, particularly given club officials have for years warned the body that it needed to put aside $100m in emergency funds, something it failed to do. Commentator, former coach, club secretary and player Phil Gould castigated the organisation this week, tweeting that its “Overpopulated Head Office has squandered 100’s of millions of dollars.”

    NRL in a very difficult position, so last thing we need is people adding to their problems. We all need to stick. However, this situation highlights just how wasteful & poorly run NRL has been. Overpopulated Head Office has squandered 100’s of millions of dollars. Time for change

    — Phil Gould (@PhilGould15) March 15, 2020
    V’landys’ outspokenness and brashness may return to bit
    e him on the proverbial. “The people who don’t like me … are the hangers-on and the parasites, and I don’t have any time for them either,” the then chief executive of Racing Australia told Sydney Morning Herald in 2014. “You help the good people”. He better hope for the organisation’s sake the government does not heed this philosophy.

    Still on humility, all the big sporting codes must recognise the severity of the coronavirus’s economic impact means the death of corporate virtue signalling. It is a self-indulgence none can no longer afford. Just last year Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan postulated that “people look to the AFL, as their governing body, broadly for their position on social issues” such as same-sex marriage. Only this week an exhausted McLachlan, commenting on coronavirus, said he was trying to ensure “we have an industry at the end of this”. Nothing like an existential crisis to remind you of your core business.

    The survival of rugby league is assured. The game requires only two fullbacks, four wingers, four centres, two five-eighths, two halfbacks, two locks, four second-rowers, four props, two hookers, a referee, a ball, and a half-decent football field. It is a public institution. Highly paid administrators and players are not.

    As for whether the NRL survives, it could well be a case of prime minister Scott Morrison singing tough love. To quote another Turner classic which also featured in the ARL’s promotion long ago, “What you get is what you see”.

    THE MOCKER
    The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour.

    Oz

  206. Roger

    Yes, if you consider ChiComs part of nature.

    De gustibus non disputandum est be damned, there’s nothing natural about eating bats.

  207. EvilElvis

    Viz is and was always ahead of its time

    Amen. Phnarrr! Phnarrr!

  208. Mark A

    Infidel Tiger
    #3363966, posted on March 19, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    How exciting the footy starts tonight.

    Have never cared less.

    IT, you are outdoing me in the “couldn’t care less”

  209. egg_

    Lily is a lillypad in a small pond. Lilly doubles her size each day, On the 20th day she cover the whole pond. On what day was Lily half the size of the pond?

    The trajectory is 33% daily average gradient, c/- Johns Hopkins.
    Not 2^N.

  210. Infidel Tiger

    “Woman Runs Naked Down Streets of Downtown LA – With a Dead Rat in Her Mouth”

    Normal Californian.

  211. Neil

    https://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2020/mr-20-08.html

    At a meeting yesterday, the Reserve Bank Board agreed to the following comprehensive package to support the Australian economy through this challenging period:
    1. A reduction in the cash rate target to 0.25 per cent.
    The Board will not increase the cash rate target until progress is being made towards full employment and it is confident that inflation will be sustainably within the 2–3 per cent target band.
    2. A target for the yield on 3-year Australian Government bonds of around 0.25 per cent.
    This will be achieved through purchases of Government bonds in the secondary market. Purchases of Government bonds and semi-government securities across the yield curve will be conducted to help achieve this target as well as to address market dislocations. These purchases will commence tomorrow. The Bank will work closely with the Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) and state government borrowing authorities to ensure the efficacy of its actions. Further details about the implementation of this are provided in the accompanying notice.
    3. A term funding facility for the banking system, with particular support for credit to small and medium-sized businesses.
    The Reserve Bank will provide a three-year funding facility to authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) at a fixed rate of 0.25 per cent. ADIs will be able to obtain initial funding of up to 3 per cent of their existing outstanding credit. They will have access to additional funding if they increase lending to business, especially to small and medium-sized businesses. This facility is for at least $90 billion. Further details are available in the accompanying notice.
    The Australian Government has also developed a complementary program of support for the non-bank financial sector, small lenders and the securitisation market, which will be implemented by the AOFM.
    4. Exchange settlement balances at the Reserve Bank will be remunerated at 10 basis points, rather than zero as would have been the case under the previous arrangements.
    This will mitigate the cost to the banking system associated with the large increase in banks’ settlement balances at the Reserve Bank that will occur following these policy actions.

  212. egg_

    It’s fvckwits like this who should go into the next compost bin.

  213. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    No. One. Cares.

    About you? Fewer than you think. So fuck off.

  214. Roger:

    Everything in this country was structured around a high trust society.

    And our politicians fooloshly subverted it with two policies:
    Mass immigration from alien cultures & multikulti.

    Neither policies of which we were asked about at an election – in terms of us having a choice.

  215. egg_

    Shortly after the epidemic began, Chinese scientists sequenced the genome of SARS-CoV-2 and made the data available to researchers worldwide.

    Posted here many times already.
    Absolves the chunks of nothing.
    Most lab biowarfare is NOT Engineered, per a previous post.
    Do keep up.

  216. IT:

    Saying this is wrong on so many levels.
    Merkel Urges Unity in Biggest Challenge Since World War II

    She’s saying she isn’t the Chancellor of Germany – she’s the burial party.

  217. Mark from Melbourne

    RBA cuts rates to 0.25%.

    Seriously, guys, stop pushing on that piece of string.

    Morons.

  218. Roger

    Neither policies of which we were asked about at an election – in terms of us having a choice.

    And the one politician who asked for people to be given a choice was hounded and jailed.

  219. OldOzzie

    ECONOMIC DISTANCING
    The Wuhan Virus and the Imperative of Hard Decoupling

    The idea that the People’s Republic of China can become a responsible stakeholder in the international community—that it can “be like us”—is being laid to rest behind the masked faces of petrified Westerners scurrying through airports to get home.

    The question about assigning agency and blame is pretty straightforward to answer: The communist Chinese state, which for more than three decades has been draining capital and knowledge from the West, benefiting from our greed and myopia, has just let loose a virus that in the coming months is about to effectively paralyze Europe and the United States and bring severe pain, both human and economic on the world. The “eruption at a wet market” explanation for the virus has to be questioned until we know the full story, if for no other reason than the fact that Beijing suppressed data for two months when the coronavirus first appeared, and even to this day refuses to come clean as to exactly what happened. Indeed, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now spinning propaganda stories that both seek to somehow pin the blame on the United States, and that try to frame their bungling, denial-ridden, heavy-handed reaction as some kind of model for the world.

    As a result of all this, the West is now shutting down, at least for a while. The ultimate cost to the world, in terms of new government debt, failed businesses, and human lives and suffering, is difficult to quantify at this point. But there are indications that the fallout from the Wuhan Virus could be transformative.

    Should the fallout from the Wuhan Virus prove to be as damaging as it looks like it might be, the first casualty should be China’s quest to become the premier manufacturing center for the world.

  220. The Baltimore niggas game don’t switch cos of a China virus,yo.
    The next Stansfield is out there plotting,already, ya feel?

  221. Caveman

    All ords breaks 4700 currently 4797 will see 4000 shortly. Intrest rate cut was so fkn stupid.

    I’m sure next announcement will be ,you have now crossed over into the…….. twighlight zone.

  222. Helen

    Bruce o Newcastle lovely to hear about your Maggie gal come home. I wish I could post you some mince for them.

    Can you tell me what happens to hand sanitiser 70% alcohol in the car. Does the car heat or UV light de nurture it? A relative is suggesting it does … and I have no idea. Are there any reports?

    I know Bundy doesn’t go off in the car. 🙂

  223. Good travel updates Lizzie&Hairy boyo.
    Thanks muchly!
    You can answer to the punters that backed you in to raging 1.40 fav on the Cat Corona Keno.
    They’re pretty upset actually.

  224. Infidel Tiger

    The Baltimore niggas game don’t switch cos of a China virus,yo.
    The next Stansfield is out there plotting,already, ya feel?

    When you seen the shit those niggaz seen, you think they give a fuck about Wuhan Flu?!

    Same reason the oldies are the only ones still walking around drinking coffee and getting on with life. No fucks given.

  225. Fisky

    Good.

    EdAsante
    @EdAsante77
    Libertarian ideology is on life support right about now.

  226. thefrollickingmole

    Mother Lode

    Good one wasn’t it, nice and menacing but upbeat…

  227. Helen

    Lizzie thanks fr you word and emotions pic with your travels. Sounds wonderful, travelling like refugees and making the best of it.

  228. Roger

    NZers denied a say on abortion on demand as referendum is cancelled due to Xi’s virus.

    Parliament voted in favour of excpunging abortion from the Crimes Act.

  229. Said by JarJarBinks
    Lol
    Omar be shakin!

  230. Infidel Tiger

    RBA cuts rates to 0.25%.

    Seriously, guys, stop pushing on that piece of string.

    Morons.

    Idiots.

    The only people spending money are oldies.

    If a 0.25% rate cut makes a difference, you are dead anyway.

  231. I still gottss to get paid, y’feel me?!?
    Omar Little

  232. oldies are the only ones still walking around drinking coffee and getting on with life. No fucks given.

    Word to that.
    Bloody suicidal geezers!
    Respect

  233. calli

    Great.

    Now inner city hipsters will get to see exactly how long “free range” poultry lasts.

    Rover and Reynard will have a field day.

  234. calli

    And no. You can’t feed your chooks tofu. Though they might go for a peck of kale.

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