Thursday Forum: March 26, 2020

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  1. Rex Mango

    Ghost can you put those thoughts into one sentence?

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Ghost can you put those thoughts into one coherent sentence?

    fixed

  3. Looking forward to the Ben Cousins interview on Sunday night. A man who was a champion, and what coronavirus would run away from. A man who had it all but succumbed to the extra curricular activities that Chris Mainwaring exhorted.

  4. cohenite

    Will someone break ghost’s fingers so he can’t type; his stream of consciousness posts are like disco lights to an epileptic; if you try to make sense of them your brain goes into spasm.

  5. EvilElvis

    There’s yer problem, Elvis. Banned word in the handle.

    Louisiana.

    Hallelujah! Brother.

  6. Rex Mango

    Off my head & working tomorrow, shall switch to Hawaii 1973:

  7. cohenite

    Some silver lining but the UN has too many Western leaders by their shrivelled cods to allow this to happen:

    Diplomats Signal End Of Europe’s Green Deal In Attempt To Save EU Economy

  8. JC

    Zipperhead.

    Fewer phones could also mean the people who are out of a job as a result of the virus may simply not be able to afford them.

  9. egg_

    The 4 nations public health HCID group made an interim recommendation in January 2020 to classify COVID-19 as an HCID. This was based on consideration of the UK HCID criteria about the virus and the disease with information available during the early stages of the outbreak. Now that more is known about COVID-19, the public health bodies in the UK have reviewed the most up to date information about COVID-19 against the UK HCID criteria. They have determined that several features have now changed; in particular, more information is available about mortality rates (low overall), and there is now greater clinical awareness and a specific and sensitive laboratory test, the availability of which continues to increase.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/high-consequence-infectious-diseases-hcid

  10. egg_

    c/- max on the clash of ideas fred

  11. egg_

    Chunk cellphones report the TomTom traffic – who knows what’s going on there?
    You can speculate in the absence of information until the cows come home.

  12. JC

    Will someone break ghost’s fingers so he can’t type; his stream of consciousness posts are like disco lights to an epileptic; if you try to make sense of them your brain goes into spasm.

    You idiot. Only a few hours ago you were telling us what a breath of fresh air it is to have him posting here. You mushy headed idiot, Cronkite.

  13. egg_

    Pro tip – if you find yourself agreeing with M0nty – you’re probably WRONG!

  14. Mark A

    A few lame pics. some are actually good.

  15. Rex Mango

    Having just watched it in full for first time For Your Eyes Only is greatest Bond film ever.

  16. Armadillo

    Fewer phones could also mean the people who are out of a job as a result of the virus may simply not be able to afford them.

    It could also mean they are all dead.

  17. feelthebern

    Here’s a doozy for ya’s.
    The federal government has been paying social media influences to post pro-stay at home messages.
    It’s aimed at getting the young ones to stay at home.
    Oh that’s going to be a a stinking pile of turd that ScoMo won’t be able scrape off his shoe, ever.

  18. Rex Mango

    For any young blokes reading this, here is another way to get a girl – put this piece on & express you interest in classical music:

  19. Having just watched it in full for first time For Your Eyes Only is greatest Bond film ever.

    Only because you are off your head!

  20. egg_

    that’s going to be a a stinking pile of turd that ScoMo won’t be able scrape off his shoe, ever.

    Their Meeja and acolytes have led SloMo into a M0ntyesque field of rakes.

  21. Megan

    Bizarre and hair raising moment…today is my late brother’s birthday. That Dvorak piece was played at his funeral. Thanks Rex!

  22. JC

    It could also mean they are all dead.

    Why the need to repeat that, because Zipperhead and others have been stating or insinuating that for days now.

    We would have seen masses more bodies and word would have come out that millions of people died. It’s hard to literally bury or burn that number of people.

    Work it out.

    21 million people dead over 3 months….. That would be on average, 233,000 burials and burns a day. If they burnt that many stiffs you would have seen plumes from space. It’s bullshit. More likely lots of people who could no longer afford phones because they were out of a job ditched their service.

    Also, if they were hiding that many dead, how come the subscriptions loss got out, but burying or burning 233,000 people a day didn’t?

  23. Megan

    Just to be clear not all of 55 minutes of it, that would have been overkill (ha!). Just the Largo – Going Home. It’s a beautiful reminder for me.

  24. hzhousewife

    This lock down thing in NSW. I have the offer of a nicely cut up pig ,no bacon, too complicated. Unfortunately it is 120k away down the Hume. Will plod stop me and be a nazi or can I just go?

    I want to do a similar trip soon too, before they send in the military, figured I might just have a stash of toilet rolls on the passenger seat and explain that an elderly friend was in dire need.They seem to have successfully blocked the Qld/NSW border. Bpther.

  25. Bar Beach Swimmer

    It could also mean they are all dead

    .
    +1

    Given that surveillance and control is core playbook for the chi-coms and their social credit system needs something to surveil, for 21mill Chinese to disconnect is even more outlandish than 21mill Chinese dead from the Chinese Pestilence.

  26. Siltstone

    The federal government has been paying social media influences to post pro-stay at home messages.

    And this would be after a transparent procurement process which protected the taxpapers purse?

  27. Rex Mango

    Ok, here is a very romantic track from one of the greatest movies ever made:

  28. Infidel Tiger

    Trump now owns the best employment and worst unemployment numbers in US history. In the space of a month.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    Alex Berenson
    @AlexBerenson
    1/ This is a remarkable turn from Neil Ferguson, who led the
    @imperialcollege
    authors who warned of 500,000 UK deaths – and who has now himself tested positive for #COVID;

    We got played. Big time.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1243133211011690499

    Greatest con in human history.

  30. Infidel Tiger

    Alex Berenson
    @AlexBerenson
    ·
    1h
    4/ Ferguson now predicts that the epidemic in the U.K. will peak and subside within “two to three weeks” – last week’s paper said 18+ months of quarantine would be necessary.

  31. Twostix

    A couple of things that should be repeated.

    The media.want scomos head. Do we forget January so quickly?

    They want his head so bad.

    And here they are giving him a free run right now as he nose dives the country into the earth.

    Very suspicious.

    They have a a plan. They’re going to hang him and the liberals with this for a generation.

    In six months nobody will remember the virus. We’re all goong to be living in “scomos crater” for years though.

  32. Steve trickler

    Bookmark. 23 minutes.



  33. mh

    Final final field

    525 mh
    541 Armadillo
    529 Megan
    666 Rex Mango
    528 Egg
    567 Matrix Transform
    465 Arky
    603 Winston Smith
    527 Knuckle Dragger
    538 Black Ball
    555 Siltstone
    522 EvilElvis
    515 Nelson Kidd-Players

  34. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #3378198, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Trump now owns the best employment and worst unemployment numbers in US history. In the space of a month.

    He may also end up owing the biggest employ growth rates in history. The Orange Hitler pussy grabber could end up an historical figure. Imagine.

  35. Infidel Tiger

    Crazy times suit a crazy man.

    This is the age of Trump.

  36. egg_

    Ferguson now predicts that the epidemic in the U.K. will peak and subside within “two to three weeks”

    Seems to coincide with the UK HCID post above.

    T100 + 2 weeks incubation seemed to be a significant metric.

  37. feelthebern

    One of the biggest scams in China is the rebate system for some apps.
    I don’t really understand it.
    A chinese-australian guy tried to explain it to me but I still didn’t get it.
    There was case of one guy in Shanghai who had a scam going with 2000 phones.
    Extreme example.
    One of the slides in a Chinese ditch deck now will address how/how much they have to spend on stopping their customer acquisition costs getting blown out due to the scammers.
    I reckon the drop in mobile phone numbers would be someway linked to the developers killing the scams.

  38. Rex Mango

    Arky, didn’t watch the video but aviation is fine. Like asking if we will run out soldiers. Hope spelling ok.

  39. mh

    Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record as coronavirus sends Americans to the unemployment line

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Matt Walsh
    @MattWalshBlog
    ·
    14h
    There’s nothing wrong with saying “yeah it’s not quite as bad as we said but it’s still a serious problem.” Why can’t you say that? Why can’t you be honest?

    Exactly. Open the economy back up while there is still time.

  41. Infidel Tiger

    Will be 6million more jobless next month.

    Most haven’t been able to register yet.

  42. feelthebern

    Pitch deck.
    Not ditch deck.

  43. JC

    3.28 million out of a job in the US. It’s actually a better number than expected and the market could go up. How about that? 🙂

  44. Rex Mango

    Not sure if a love song:

  45. Twostix

    1/ This is a remarkable turn from Neil Ferguson, who led the
    @imperialcollege
    authors who warned of 500,000 UK deaths – and who has now himself tested positive for #COVID;

    We got played. Big time.

    They did the exact same thing with Swine Flu.

    Identical numbers.

    Modwllin shows hundreds of thousands will die in the UK, etc.

    209 dead in total.

  46. Old School Conservative

    Really enjoyed the Richard Mercer “love song dedications” tonight.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    Matt Walsh
    @MattWalshBlog
    ·
    4m
    3.2 million people filed for unemployment last week. That’s almost FIVE TIMES HIGHER than previous record. 1 percent of the nation’s population was made jobless in the span of 7 days. You want to talk about “exponential growth,” watch how these number increase over the next month

    Fake jobbers don’t care.

    They got to binge on Netflix and virtue signal.

    No skin in the game.

  48. egg_

    In six months nobody will remember the virus. We’re all goong to be living in “scomos crater” for years though.

    Try next week, in the fickle News cycle.
    Dead man walking.

  49. Knuckle Dragger

    Apropos of decision making, and the Prime Minister of Australia:

    People luuuurve leaders who make right decisions.
    People don’t luuuurve leaders who make wrong decisions, but still wuv them lots more than leaders who make no decisions.

    And people become enraged with leaders who are mouthpieces for decisions made by other people.

  50. JC

    You know there will be a huge number of people totally pissed at Wall Street if the market found a bottom and begins to rally with these enormous jobless claims. FMD.

  51. feelthebern

    Tonights critical in the US.
    Last night we saw the first signs of life in the high yield bond market.
    If they hold & credit spreads continue to come in, despite the jobless numbers, it’s all back on.
    Markets are now moving on liquidity boosts.
    Not economic data.
    That comes later.

  52. Siltstone

    Rex Mango on fire tonight

  53. Mitch M.

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3378167, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:08 pm
    Mitch:

    ‘I think it will all quietly go away because when the details come out it will be found he acted appropriately.’

    Yeah nah yeah, but nah yeah nah nah.

    You’re dead right about that. The copper will never be safe in that part of the world. He probably should return to NSW(IIRC that is where he comes from).

    I was thinking about the publicity aspect where the activists will be reluctant to make all the details known. The copper was immediately released on bail and the DPP did not challenge that, which is extraordinary for a murder charge. That indicates that they have seen the footage and know the copper acted within the law. If the media had any guts they should interview all the activists and ask them to explain why they jumped to conclusions and denied the copper due process. Yeah I’m dreamin’ … .

  54. Infidel Tiger

    People are bored of lockdown already.

    They hate themselves and their vacuous lives.

    They want die because they know this is all there really is. Netflix, cheap wine and a vibrator running low on batteries. They are emptier than the jar of KY they have been using to abuse themselves. The suicides from a week of isolation will be countless.

  55. mh

    Rex Mango on fire tonight

    Is that a cure for the virus?

  56. feelthebern

    I had apple music shuffling before & heard this song for the first time.
    It’s this up & coming young go-getter called Taylor Swift.
    Hope she sticks at it.
    She might amount to something.

  57. Knuckle Dragger

    Sigh.

    If only Ragu were here to tell us all to go fuck ourselves.

  58. feelthebern

    The older I get, the more I like Katy Perry music.
    Or does that mean I’m suffering from coronavirus?

  59. Twostix

    You know in July 2009 they stopped testing for Swine Flu in the UK.

    Just like that the thing that was going to Kill Us All!!! Magically was morphed into “you’ve got the flu”.

    As this will too.

    Swine Flu only cost us a billion dollars in worthless anti viral stockpiles.

    This one has coat us a bit more.

  60. mh

    Ellie, you know that IT is a truth teller.

    Don’t fight it.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    Can you imagine how many fake jobbers are going to lose their fake jobs in the next year?

    This was a test, you absolute morons. And you freaking failed it.

  62. JC

    Atix

    What are all those bodies doing stacking up in Northern Italy? That’s not the regular flu. It’s okay to be sceptical but not when there’s a risk you could end up choking on lung gunk.

  63. Twostix

    Speaking of the billion dollar anti-viral stockpile tjat our “experts” said we just had to have to survive a landemic.

    No mention of it.

    Funny that.

  64. Rex Mango

    Going to bed and maybe lockdown next week , but here is a nice song

  65. feelthebern

    As soon as the new infection rate in the US has consecutive down days, its all back on too.
    March has been hell.
    April could be, repeat could be, absolutely awesome for markets.

    Australia is still fucked.
    But at least the 2 million people ScoMo put out of work will be able to watch markets rally.

  66. Bruce in WA

    Kigsman: The secret Service

    Sound familiar?

    Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin : Valentine won you over, somehow.
    Arthur : Once he explained, I understood.
    [Flashback to Arthur’s meeting with Valentine]
    Valentine : When you get a virus, you get a fever. That’s the human body raising its core temperature to kill the virus. Planet Earth works the same way: Global warming is the fever, mankind is the virus. We’re making our planet sick. A cull is our only hope. If we don’t reduce our population ourselves, there’s only one of two ways this can go: The host kills the virus, or the virus kills the host. Either way…
    [Back to Eggsy and Arthur’s conversation]
    Arthur : The result is the same: The virus dies.
    Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin : So Valentine’s gonna take care of the population problem himself.
    Arthur : Well if we don’t do something, nature will. Sometimes, a culling is the only way to ensure that the species survives. And history will see Valentine as the man who saved humanity from extinction.
    Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin : And he gets to pick and choose who gets culled, does he? All his rich mates, they get to live. And then when he thinks it’s worth saving, he keeps them safe, whether they agree with him or not.

  67. Infidel Tiger

    What are all those bodies doing stacking up in Northern Italy? That’s not the regular flu. It’s okay to be sceptical but not when there’s a risk you could end up choking on lung gunk.

    The virus kills old sick people. Particularly when bombarded with the top strain from Wuhan.

    Big surprise.

    This Italian stats are dodgy as too.

    Has a single healthy person carked it?

  68. EvilElvis

    The older I get, the more I like Katy Perry music.

    Beat me to it, FTB. Hahaha. Chained to the rhythm, love it.

    Reminds me that I’m getting older liking this pop stuff and I’m not to different than my old man.

  69. egg_

    Any cheap Beemers to pick up on the repo Auctions?

  70. Bruce in WA

    Our beloved Premier, the sweaty ex-Navy lawyer, wants the RAN to force a ship to leave.

    Or what? Boarding? Gunfire?

    Seven passengers on the Artania cruise ship, currently moored off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Key points:

    The WA Government will not let the ship’s passengers disembark
    But it may allow the sick to be isolated in a Commonwealth facility
    Several ships are floating off WA and not being allowed to dock
    WA Premier Mark McGowan has called on the Royal Australian Navy to help get the ship, which has no Australians among its 800 passengers and 500 crew on board, to leave Australian waters.

    WA authorities have said only people with a life-threatening medical situation would be allowed entry into the state.

  71. JC

    There’s a theory going around that the virus doesn’t kill you. It’s the flu and the virus together. But I have no idea.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The copper will never be safe in that part of the world. He probably should return to NSW(IIRC that is where he comes from).’

    Canberra, Mitch, where his family lives. Apparently he’s a single young bloke with no family yet. Sources tell me he’s had three years in that line of work.

    Traditionally, NT coppers who end up killing vermin in a particular part of the NT are driven or flown out immediately to avoid the inevitable tribal payback. In this instance he was flown to Darwin that night and then to Canberra before being lured back to D-town, where he was thrown in the watchhouse with the muck for a few hours before being charged with moida.

    And a good thing he was flown out too, because as he had to have his stab wounds treated in Alice Springs the activist doctors at the hospital there leaked his address from the medical file to some ‘community organisations’, who then told other people who in turn destroyed and tried to burn his house down after he’d gone, but thinking he was there and inside.

    Never made the news because nothing could be proven to the standard required in a criminal trial. Yet.

  73. Mitch M.

    They want die because they know this is all there really is. Netflix, cheap wine and a vibrator running low on batteries.

  74. egg_

    A$ quarter mill 7 series was on Auction late last year.

  75. Ellie

    Have a bottle of shiraz and a bubble bath and you lose all track of time.

  76. feelthebern

    The car repo’s won’t start for a couple of months.
    Lots of hoops to jump through in Oz before they can do that.

  77. feelthebern

    Consumer protections in Oz are second only to Europe.
    Australians would be shocked with what happens in Asia when one doesn’t pay their debts.

  78. Twostix

    And people become enraged with leaders who are mouthpieces for decisions made by other people

    Scomo should have insisted that the premiers flanked him anytime he opened his mouth on behalf of that stupid Soviet thing they’ve decided to setup.

    The states have raped the feds on this.

    Which is an interesting turn of events in our history: the states have way better politucians than the commonwealth at the moment.

  79. egg_

    Scomo should have insisted that the premiers flanked him

    P1ssweak leader

  80. Arky

    One good thing.
    This should be the end of close talkers.
    I hate those people.
    I have a 2 metre personal space in the best of times, having grown up on the plain.
    Right now I aren’t getting with 5 metres of anyone.

  81. egg_

    The car repo’s won’t start for a couple of months.

    Just stirring the pot, but a 7 Series repo is significant, like a business went under.

  82. JC

    Arky

    Have you ever considered there’ a possibility the feeling is mutual with everyone you meet?

  83. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh, fucking wonderful.

    WA has let one of the plague ships dock at Freo. A ‘medical emergency’ on board, apparently.

    WA Govt types already squealing on the teev about the Commonwealth being responsible.

    All aboard are foreigners. No news yet on how much palm oil was pumped into the patient’s cock to kickstart the ’emergency’.

    Stupid. Stupid, stupid fucking Australians.

    We are not serious, because if we were we would have let the patient die.

  84. Ellie

    Arky – keep your distance. Stand back from that sheep!

  85. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3378226, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    People are bored of lockdown already.

    They hate themselves and their vacuous lives.

    It is interesting to watch just in our neighbourhood.
    Some people could happily park at home for weeks, with maybe a short walk here and there.
    Others go off their trolley and need to “just pop out to the shops” 2-3 times a day.

  86. louis

    This has been a major cock-up brought to us by people who think one of the largest countries on earth doesn’t exist beyond the boundaries of Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and sometimes Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
    Why the fuck you would lock down there entire nation for outbreaks in the capital cities is beyond me. At the very least it should have been staged across areas. Uncritical acceptance of worse cases scenario based on biased sample sizes, modelled on countries smaller than almost all of our States with populations multiple more times Australia.
    Get ready for arse covering in the extreme.
    The excuse will be that “if we didn’t do what we did it would have been far worse”. Once a test is widely available to see who got the virus and recovered, but wasn’t included in the ‘infected’ statistics this should be able to be debunked.
    The other thing will be inflated death numbers. This should also be able to be debunked once we are able to see the statistics showing huge drops in other causes of death during the relevant period.
    At the end of the day, any death is sad but I predict overall in Australia there will be more deaths from suicide and failure to provide proper medical care for pre-existing conditions (e.g. by putting off transplants and all other surgeries) than there will be from corona virus. Last I checked, ‘elective surgery’ was surgery for any condition that won’t likely kill you in the next 7 days!
    And you can increase that death toll again from increased crime once they let prisoners out.
    BTW I am also very concerned at how enthusiastic our Prime Minster and Premiers have become about law by dictate. That a press release is equivalent to a written law.

  87. JC

    Others go off their trolley and need to “just pop out to the shops” 2-3 times a day.

    Wifey reckons that every woman in the country is dying to go clothes shopping at the moment.

  88. Ellie

    Is everyone posting on this blog, at this time of night, pissed?

  89. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Elvis, I’ve had multiple names against one email.

  90. Twostix

    Morrison knows what’s happening here too. He’s not an idiot.

    There’s just nothing he can do about it.

    On the one side he’s got the international media, on the other the states.

    His future is preordained at this point.

    They nearly got Trump too in the same way but he simply dynamited the whole thing with his “cure cant be worse than the disease!” yelling Tweet and is now home free.

    Amazing what one Tweet can do.

  91. Nelson Kidd-Players

    No, Ellie. Is it mandatory? 😉

  92. Ellie

    When you have a bubble bath and put oil on yourself it is hard to get out of said bath.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    Wifey reckons that every woman in the country is dying to go clothes shopping at the moment.

    Not just clothes shopping.
    Any shopping.
    I have been harping on about limiting the number of supermarket visits, but it is like a fucking drug.

    “We’ve just run out of eucalyptus scented wool wash. We only have a gallon each of lemon and plain left. Gotta go get some.”

  94. EvilElvis

    multiple names against one email

    Your secret’s safe with me, thanks.

  95. Ellie

    This global warming is not warming me.

  96. Arky

    Have you ever considered there’ a possibility the feeling is mutual with everyone you meet?

    ..
    I’m fine with that.

  97. Siltstone

    WA Govt types already squealing on the teev about the Commonwealth being responsible.
    All aboard are foreigners.

    Where are the “all boat people are sacred” crowd?

  98. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Shy Ted at 5:56 pm:

    “I think it’s very important that arch-criminals like Lizzie and Hairy use their best judgement and decide for themselves the best way to run their lives.”

    Quite so. Yes.

    I venture an opinion however, that being locked up with Lizzie during quarantine would be sub optimal. By her own admission she is a crook cook. I couldn’t cope.

  99. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Never waste a good crisis.

    Morrison should be cutting termination payouts, shrinking the public service, handing taxation back to the states (perhaps keep only the GST for federal stuff) and getting rid of anything that is meant to be handled at a state level.

    And Râbz the ABC.

  100. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Get out of Paris.

  101. JC

    Nelson, is that a current movie?

  102. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Tear up any UN resolution not in our interest.

  103. Twostix

    I’m suprised nobody has mentioned that poverty is death.

    Poor children die at way higher rates than middle class children.

    Destroying the economy hasn’t saved lives. It’s saved some old peoples lives right now at the cost of many young people’s in the near future.

  104. Arky

    It is said that a quarter of the world’s population is now in lock down of one type or another.
    Thanks China.
    Thanks so much china stooges.
    Thanks globalists.

  105. JC

    Oh the Paris Accord. Yea. 🙂

  106. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Drop the subs and lease some Virginians.

  107. Ellie

    Peter – are you awake? Muah!

  108. Nelson Kidd-Players

    End the immigration Ponzi.

  109. mh

    I see the media likes to use the Ben Lee song ‘All In This Together’ when reporting on corona.

    But one of his other hits was ‘Catch My Disease’.

  110. Siltstone

    Nelson Kidd-Players
    #3378276, posted on March 27, 2020 at 12:23 am
    Never waste a good crisis.

    And cancel that stupid submarine contract

  111. Peter the old fossil

    Always here for you Lovely Lady.

  112. JC

    This really is a strange world. At any time in my trading life someone said, on the same day you’re going to see jobless claims hit 3 million plus in a week, the stock market will open higher…. I’d think the person was doing same really amazing crack. But here we are.

  113. Arky

    2 billion people locked in their homes over 22000 deaths.
    Something very very hard to compute here.
    I think there is some malfunction in our globalist elites and their politician spokes stooges.
    I will call this malfunction: The China Problem.

  114. Ellie

    JC – the stock market is apparently back to record levels in the US.

  115. Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Helen remains the winner. Not sure if she is related to Sinc, but good tipping to go low.

    Not related. (nmrn = not my real name, Helen was a girl who bullied me in high school and David was the first boy I had a crush on). But the name looks like a real one, which is handy for posting in some sites.

    I know it’s already closed, so this is not an entry, but if I was going to guess I’d expect around 60-65 deaths. The field is already pretty crowded in that range.

  116. egg_

    Never waste a good crisis.

    Give the work from homers a DCM.

  117. Peter the old fossil

    Drop the subs and lease some Virginians.

    Not an option anymore, unfortunately.

  118. Ellie

    Hello, my Darling, Peter. X

  119. JC

    JC – the stock market is apparently back to record levels in the US.

    No it’s not. It’s about 25% below the highs.

  120. egg_

    I’m suprised nobody has mentioned that poverty is death.

    Obliquely, we have, especially Birdie.

  121. Ellie

    Ok. Thank you, JC. I value your input.

  122. egg_

    ‘All In This Together’

    Like the scorpion and the frog.

  123. egg_

    Morrison knows what’s happening here too. He’s not an idiot.

    There’s just nothing he can do about it.

    He had that deer in the headlights look about him.

  124. Twostix

    Ha!

    Looks like Bunnings is getting smashed for its Little Hitler staff (purely emooweref to be dickheads in order to corruptly stave off any restrictions – today the bunnings carpark was full hmmmmm)

    So they’re reached out to their little maaaates at news.com.au to do a sob piece:

    a Melbourne Bunnings employee broke down in tears on air during a call to GOLD104.3’s Breakfast Show host Christian O’Connell while describing the “rude” and “disrespectful” actions of some customers since the outbreak took hold.

    “I work at Bunnings and the amount of disrespectful, impatient people coming through is disgusting. We are run off our feet, we are trying our best – understand that everyone, and for those that are giving us respect and are being patient we can’t thank you enough,” he said before being overcome with emotion.

    Suck it up dickhead! Abuse your paying customers and you get what you get!

  125. JC

    I know the market is a forward discounting mechanism, but to see the stock market up on the day of posting 3 million plus jobless claims is just fucking unreal.

    And yes Bern, I know the liquidity injection is massive, but it’s something you can never imagine is possible.

    It tells you one thing though, the liquidity and the threat of no limit to liquidity injections by the Fed is credible. I think you can buy some commodities here.

  126. Ellie

    I’m suprised nobody has mentioned that poverty is death.

    Poor children die at way higher rates than middle class children.

    Destroying the economy hasn’t saved lives. It’s saved some old peoples lives right now at the cost of many young people’s in the near future.

    Your statement is true. Children who live in poverty is real. Not sure how we relate it to old people.

  127. Ellie

    Twostix – are you drunk? If you are you are making sense.

  128. JC

    Look at “Jerome” finding out he has two testicles.

    Federal Reserve
    Powell on whether the Fed has enough firepower: ‘We’re not going to run out of ammunition’

  129. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From louis at 12:14 am:

    “… [sentence after sentence bagging what is being done by people in the thick of it – one assumes the author has included this in a letter he sent to his local member, together with reasons why he is better qualified and better equipped to deal with this incidental blip]

    … any death is sad but I predict overall in Australia there will be more deaths from suicide and failure to provide proper medical care for pre-existing conditions … than there will be from corona virus.

    And you can increase that death toll again from increased crime once they let prisoners out.
    …”

    I’ve got to focus on that last bit again. It’s a pearler.

    “you can increase that death toll again from increased crime once they let prisoners out”

    This is why a man goes to a chat blog in times of uncertainty, to pick up intelligent dissertations offering credible data, objective analysis and well substantiated findings of how things may turn out.

    The post audit in a year or two is going to be fun.

  130. Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Local update

    I live a couple of hours out of Darwin (near Dundee for anyone who knows the area). Today was my weekly trip into town for shopping.given that the NT has only had 8 cases, none serious as far as I know, and all people who have either got off cruise ships or recently returned from overseas, I thought things might be a bit less panicked here.

    First stop was Officeworks to get ink for the printer. Not a lot of people, but not empty either. Based on car parking and queue at checkout, maybe 20-30% down on previous visits.

    Next stop was Kmart at Casuarina. After doing a pantry stocktake and clean out, I needed a few things to organise it properly. I’d checked on-line before I left and website said they had stock of what I wanted. Website lied!

    However, while I was there I ducked into Woolies (yes I know, bad girl for supporting the evil duopoly). Didn’t realise that the 2 tin limit applies to all canned vegetables, so got my tinned tomatoes but had to leave the tinned asparagus behind. No toilet paper (which I didn’t need) and no paper towel (which I did). Rice, pasta and noodles shelves completely empty, but I wasn’t looking to buy anyway.

    Funny sight as I was leaving Cas car park – minibus with 5 indigenous in the drive through queue at KFC.

    Tbc

  131. Peter the old fossil

    There’s just nothing he can do about it.

    When you utterly destroy an entire country, obviously there’s not much you can do with the rubble.

  132. JC

    A US based Mortgage bank/Trust.

    New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT)
    NasdaqGS – NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD

    1.84 +0.62 (+50.8197%)

  133. Ellie

    Listening to someone talk about economic structure is like torture.

  134. egg_

    8 alleged deaths from the ponzi disease?

    When are Vice Chancellors’ heads going on pikes?

  135. Ellie

    Where are the deaths, egg?

  136. egg_

    BorisG at 3 a.m. is a cure for insomnia.

  137. egg_

    Mostly NSW, the most populous State, IIRC.

  138. Talked to guy who works in Brisbane Women’s Hospital again.

    He says it is currently at 45% occupancy when normal is 90%. Reason is they have cleared the wards as there are no elective surgeries etc going ahead.

  139. Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Next stop was Coconut Grove where I get my fruit and veg. Stock was normal. Half dozen other people in there, which was also pretty normal. Rather than having two entry/exits, they had one door designated as entry and the second as the exit. Also had crates stacked to provide “social distancing” queues at checkout.

    Next door at Chinese Emporium, similar setup with single entry door and single exit. Same as next door, about 6-10 people in store, which again is pretty much the same as when I’ve previously shopped there. Reasonable amount of rice and noodles, shelves not full, but not empty either. Got my sushi rice and nori, plus threw in a couple of ramen noodles just in case.

    As I was leaving, Charles Darwin Uni minibus disgorged half a dozen Asians, I assume Chinese students.

    Next stop was Woolies at Bakewell for my main shop. Still couldn’t get my paper towel, but all perishables – fruit and veg, deli, milk, eggs, cheeses – readily available. Not sure why there has been panic buying of Sosa water, but managed to get some sparkling mineral water instead. Also interesting that the chips aisle looked like a locust plague had been through. I guess we know what the locals are feeding their kids while they’re home from school.

    Final stop was Freshpoint restaurant to pick up some takeaway for dinner, as we like to eat there and wanted to support them during the shutdown. They’re doing a roaring trade. The girls took about 8 calls in the 5 minutes I was waiting for my order and three other people arrived to pickup.

    Finally made it home, where hubby had a very nice bottle of Chateau Tanunda 2012 Heritage Shiraz open and ready to pour.

  140. Ellie

    There appears to be a gigantic battle going on. Trump verses the deep state.

  141. Peter the Fossil,
    Just in case you are interested SMH web page has another article about another Chinese company buying up items to send to China. It was not something they were keeping secret but openly discussing it.

    The quantity of items in this case was 82 tons. No wonder Australians can’t source masks, sanitisers etc.

  142. BorisG

    2 billion people locked in their homes over 22000 deaths.

    Arky have you been converted by denialists?

  143. egg_

    The pinata sock raises its ugly head.

  144. DrBeauGan

    2 billion people locked in their homes over 22000 deaths.

    Arky have you been converted by denialists?

    Arky has gone from spreading doom and gloom and being apocalyptic to counting the numbers. That’s an improvement.

  145. Sinclair Davidson

    Ellie – I hope the deep state loses.

  146. JC

    Wow

    Thousands of Australian doctors, nurses and health workers will be given a tuberculosis vaccine in a trial that, if successful, could see it made widely available within three months to slow the spread of COVID-19.

    The BCG vaccine, given annually to 130 million children, has been found to boost immunity to viral respiratory tract infections, a key symptom of the coronavirus, making it a potential weapon to slow the spread of the virus.

    For the next six months, the vaccine will be administered to 4000 health workers in Australia and thousands more in The Netherlands, Germany and Britain to determine its effect on COVID-19.

  147. Ellie

    You’re under no illusions, Doomlord.

  148. JC

    Arky has gone from spreading doom and gloom and being apocalyptic to counting the numbers. That’s an improvement.

    Arkenwald was one of the first to be really gloomy explaining the reasons. Now Arkenwald is a little more on the positive side (I think) when lot’s of people a gloomy.

  149. NoFixedAddress

    If you are on the One Belt One Road program then your on the,

  150. DrBeauGan

    Arkenwald was one of the first to be really gloomy explaining the reasons. Now Arkenwald is a little more on the positive side (I think) when lot’s of people a gloomy.

    Being gloomy about the government over-reaction to placate hysterics is reasonable. I agree with him on that. The virus is not, on current data, as big a problem.

  151. Sinclair Davidson

    No. While I think Mr Trump is a barbarian I think the deep state is a far more serious threat to liberal democracy.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    Comfortably Smug
    @ComfortablySmug
    ·

    China caused this

    Don’t forget it

    Don’t forgive them

    Demand retribution

    Words to live by.

  153. Fisky

    The only guy in history to go to uni and become a better person for it. Extraordinary –

    David Hogg
    @davidhogg111
    ·
    17h
    Tik Tok is a national security threat that should only only be used to call out the Chinese government (who controls it) for their atrocities and human rights abuses.

    Seriously y’all memes and jokes are fun but downloading the spyware of an authoritarian regime is not.

  154. DrBeauGan

    No. While I think Mr Trump is a barbarian I think the deep state is a far more serious threat to liberal democracy.

    What have you got against barbarians, Sinc? That they don’t follow the protocols? The protocols are there for the bureaucrats, not for thinking men. Trump has no great respect for them, and neither do I. Count me in with the barbarians.

  155. Peter the old fossil

    My goodness!
    Doomlord and I agree on something!

  156. Fisky

    David Hogg has gone from being the most obnoxious high school brat ever to a staunch foe of the CCP. Solid work! Naturally his former blue-chekist allies are fuming.

    David Hogg

    @davidhogg111
    ·
    17h
    Another reason I will not be going on there is because they censor activists voices in Hong Kong and around the world that call out the CCP for their atrocities.

    I refuse to be complicit in the death of democracy in Hong Kong by supporting Tik Tok.

  157. C.L.

    I have no idea what Tik Tok is but I’ve seen references to it.

  158. Ellie

    Maybe you missed the point of Sinclair’s post, DrBG.

  159. harrys on the boat

    Words to live by.

    Retweeting you, IT?

  160. Infidel Tiger

    More than likely, Harry!

  161. harrys on the boat

    We thought fuck it after work, grabbed a 6 pack of those 8.2% raspberry hard ciders and knocked them back in Wolfe Lane in Perth CBD. What a fucking shambles this is.

  162. Not Steve

    Questions (perhaps for the morning when everyone is awake):
    Why is a business owned by a foreign state allowed to operate in Australia?
    Why is this same business not subject to calls for diversity in its workforce?
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/chinese-backed-company-s-mission-to-source-australian-medical-supplies-20200325-p54du8.html

  163. BorisG

    I hope the deep state loses.

    How? In what sense?

  164. Arky

    I am neither gloomy nor positive.
    The future course of a pandemic while you are in the pandemic is unpredictable.
    It is a unique situation.
    2 billion people restricted. The worst political elites in history, who truly don’t know what they don’t know.
    If you aren’t alternating between sheer terror and occasional glinty bits of hope, you aren’t paying attention.

  165. Fisky

    Hearing reports that China is imposing a total travel ban.

  166. BorisG

    The virus is not, on current data, as big a problem.

    There is a lot of data that shows how big the problem the virus is. I will not post any links because sinc just suggested that I am a little obsessed with these studies. Philadelphia vs St Louis and all that. Numbers out of Italy (with over 10 doctors dead from the virus) and Spain (where people in a nursing homes have been abandoned and living among the dead). If these do not convince you, nothing will.

    Fortunately we elected sane leaders here. They are far from perfect but they prioritise saving lives.

  167. BorisG

    If you aren’t alternating between sheer terror and occasional glinty bits of hope, you aren’t paying attention.

    +1 Arky.

  168. Arky

    I fear as yet only the first horseman has dropped.
    The other three, Famine, War and Sparky, are still back at the bunkhouse, pulling their boots on.

  169. Fisky

    Yep looks like a travel ban. No foreigners allowed to enter except diplomats. Worth remembering that China angrily opposed all travel bans until 5 minutes ago.

  170. BorisG

    The worst political elites in history, who truly don’t know what they don’t know.

    Not so sure about this part. Different countries have different elites. Yet almost all playing the same tune. Maybe this is indeed what needs to be done (more or less)?

  171. Arky

    It’s a good time to be a young man.
    It’s a rotten time to be a woman or an old man with a family.

  172. Fisky

    Jorge Guajardo
    @jorge_guajardo
    ·
    2m
    But I thought China was all about open borders during pandemics, and following WHO recommendations against limiting movement. Thinking face

  173. NoFixedAddress

    Mark A
    #3378184, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    A few lame pics. some are actually good.

    keep ’em comin’ Mark A

  174. struth

    The insaity and Hysterics of the fearful, driven to ruin their civilizations by the propaganda of those who desire it, should really be in fear of their own governments .Their civilizations were based on nobody being above the rule of law.The ruling class are ruling by decree not by law , it seems they laugh at their newly imprisoned slaves and those fighting over toilet paper.They wipe their criminal arses with the constitution , confident that their armed takeover won’t be fought by the decent citizens whom they disarmed in the 1990”s.

  175. NoFixedAddress

    Armadillo
    #3378186, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Fewer phones could also mean the people who are out of a job as a result of the virus may simply not be able to afford them.

    It could also mean they are all dead.

    Don’t be stupid

    It’s their shit quality control.

    If you get a bit of cheap CCP technology you can guarantee it wont work or will fk up in about 12 months.

    The CCP are yet to get to the technological age of planned obsolescence

  176. struth

    Quoting mortality rates as if the year 2020 was the first year old humans started dying is an insanity.
    In Denial of previous flu deaths and quoting infection rates that can neither be accurate without testing the whole planet twice and purposely hiding contributing factors like Italies belt and road issues means the truth is not with those quoting it.
    Theirs is an agenda.
    And as every emergency has been used to grab power by totalitarians the border guards are now deployed and not one person seems to even notice that no amendment was passed by referendum to allow our represenatives to become our rulers.
    Not one journalists asks…….by which law are you able to do this.

  177. struth

    Australians lost their country and their freedom and all the wealth that goes with it on the basis of medical climate change fear mongering propaganda of the socialists……the MSM.
    Just like the climate has always changed, viruses have always infected millions every year and killed hundreds of thousands every year.
    Some years worse than others.
    Apparently in the 2020 that was good enough reason for the foul bedwetters of the west to destroy their civilizations

  178. struth

    Every minute of your days will now be taken up trying to obtain what you took for granted.
    You will spend your lives reacting to government that will intrude and make impossible your every hour.
    When you spend a day in a line up for bread you can then ask wether a lock down was a good idea when nobody got a chance to vote for it and through pathetic cowardice and hysterics you let the unlawful imprison you jobless in your houses.

  179. struth

    Bedwetters like BorisG quote crap reported from Italy as if it is fact.
    Hysterical he cannot seem to process what propaganda from a socialist country totally controlled by China might look like or why they might be dribbling shit or at the very least exaggerating wildly.
    Why the MSM would worldwide.
    Not even contemplated.
    Fear for their own personal wellbeing destroying any rationale.

  180. jupes

    The ANZACs sacrificed their lives to preserve their freedoms.
    We have sacrificed our freedoms to preserve our lives.

    Liberty quote from Mater a page or two back.

  181. jupes

    Italy death rate appears to have plateaued after a rapid rise: From memory the last few days: 790, 650, 600, 740, 680 now 662. Good news of sorts. Let’s hope it starts to decline soon.

    It’s amazing what occupies the mind without sport. I also watch the Dow Jones and All Ordinaries throughout the day.

  182. jupes

    There appears to be a gigantic battle going on. Trump verses the deep state.

    You think?

  183. bespoke

    Arky
    #3377995, posted on March 26, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Just finished watching it. Apart from claiming entrenched anti-semitism was uneek
    to Germany she was spot on.

  184. NoFixedAddress

    and BorisG is a straight out green commo 5th columnist

  185. Tom

    After struggling early on Kung Flu, Johannes Leak has hit his straps.

  186. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    You, as well as all the other disaster porno people in Australia have no idea of the tsunami of contempt you are building.

  187. notafan

    Hyperbolic.

    Italy is neither socialist in any genuine way (you may as well say Australia is socialist!) or controlled by China.

    Not that the Chinese haven’t done well in Italy but then they’ve done extremely well here too, by the billions.

    I bet they’ve denuded us of more medical supplies.

    Italy grossly overestimated, allegedly.

    China grossly underestimated, allegedly doesn’t support the Chinese hand up the Italian back.

    And yes people with other medical conditions are most of of those in the died column.

    Quelle surprise.

    Would it make you happier of it were mostly youth healthy people?

  188. Tom

    Every time he sits at his easel, incoherent rage against Trump wipes out all rational thought from David Rowe.

  189. Tom

    … and most of Britain’s lefty cartoonists are the same – like Peter Brookes (London Times).

  190. bespoke

    C.L.
    #3378356, posted on March 27, 2020 at 1:47 am
    I have no idea what Tik Tok is but I’ve seen references to it.

    It’s social media dominated by Gen-Z. From what little I’ve seen it’s like Karaoke just youthful fun without the tide pode’s. I also have read stories about ‘progressives’ being alarmed about how irreverent to the woke . So there is hope.

  191. NoFixedAddress

    notafan
    #3378433, posted on March 27, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Hyperbolic.

    Italy is neither socialist in any genuine way (you may as well say Australia is socialist!) or controlled by China.

    Not that the Chinese haven’t done well in Italy but then they’ve done extremely well here too, by the billions.

    I bet they’ve denuded us of more medical supplies.

    Italy grossly overestimated, allegedly.

    China grossly underestimated, allegedly doesn’t support the Chinese hand up the Italian back.

    And yes people with other medical conditions are most of of those in the died column.

    Quelle surprise.

    Would it make you happier of it were mostly youth healthy people?

    notafan

    stop being obtusely ignorantly fkn stupid.

    I appreciate you like going to Spain and Italy.

    Of course Australia is Socialist.

    And as for your comment

    Would it make you happier of it were mostly youth healthy people?

    I will kick you in the guts you dirty filthy minded fkn faggot,

    Sit and direct doctors to jam medicine in your daughters arm for leukemia you scum

    Talk to your ex as she is dying in hospital from a second round of cancer when she knows your the only one she can talk to when she is about to die and asks if you could get a catholic priest for her.

    I piss on you

  192. NoFixedAddress

    contemptible ignorant scum

    I prefer none to you, you fkn banshee harpie

  193. NoFixedAddress

    and in case you wonder

    you are the one that went to Spain and Italy right when the CCP were infecting both countries

    look it up.

    Gab asked the other day what would I do

    After CCP threat of withholding drugs from the West I would have pressed the button on the nukes

  194. NoFixedAddress

    And Sinclair, I am not yet angry but very sick of mealy mouthed crap.

    And I will back myself in as one of the finest modellers and certainly shit upon some of the lame brained communist raised arzholes that get on here.

  195. NoFixedAddress

    Everyone slags off at LizzieB but you notafan were in 2 of the most deadliest Virus hotspots and then wanted to see your daughter when she’s going to give birth.

    Thank God they stopped interstate travel.

    and slag off at JC because he is smart enough to recognize the chemicals that have worked.

    have you no shame of your own actions?

  196. NoFixedAddress

    And fer fk sake, go and read up on the history of socialism and communism in Italy.

    and Spain.

    and Europe in general.

    fer fk sake

  197. NoFixedAddress

    tell me what the health system is in Italy

  198. NoFixedAddress

    come back None.

  199. bespoke

    Last pic of vintage today on a block has better then average yield for a change. Will have some time off and spend it with the wife doing DIY and helping her with the fairy garden.

    Life is good

  200. Dave in Marybrook

    Just pulled off the last Cab Sauv bespoke- light for the patch, everywhere here in the SW has been this year. Two dark wet springs have caught up with tonnage, withering it away. On the plus side, I’m out of it a full three weeks earlier than average.
    Handpick Frontignan next week. Labour hire Co has ceased all handpicks- I’m assuming for insurance risk, if any get Wuhanned through work. I’ll see if they quietly release some contact details for some of the better Italian-German carloads.

  201. NoFixedAddress

    Top Ender

    if you happen to see this but I thought your Spectator column was very much on the spot.

    But I fear the message will be lost.

    Well done sir.

  202. NoFixedAddress

    How despicable is Italy that they have a reputed Virus death toll of 8,215?

    Makes you wonder how good the Mafia are at taking the Public Health money and particularly when you read about the decrease in the number of hospitals in the last 20 years.

    Italian Public Health!

    I laughed and laughed and laughed.

  203. rickw:

    Serious question, the magazine’s I ordered turned up and they’re the wrong colour. Exchange them for the right colour or hang onto them? Changeover will take about a week.

    Keep them -unless they’re dayglo orange. Buy two of the right colour but ask for a discount.
    The price of magazines in this country is bloody ripoff.

  204. Mater

    feelthebern
    #3378187, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm
    Here’s a doozy for ya’s.
    The federal government has been paying social media influences to post pro-stay at home messages.

    Does that include Doctors and supposed healthcare specialists?

  205. Mater

    feelthebern
    #3378187, posted on March 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm
    Here’s a doozy for ya’s.
    The federal government has been paying social media influences to post pro-stay at home messages.

    Would BorisG qualify?
    Was he allocated to the Cat?

  206. Herodotus

    The BBC continue with their TDS, verging on Gollum impersonations.
    One of their business commentators gleefully stated that Trump had planned to go to the election with a strong stock market and low unemployment, but now his strategy was in tatters!

    Translation: “we hates him, this Trumpekins! He stole our precious!”

  207. Diogenes

    “I work at Bunnings and the amount of disrespectful, impatient people coming through is disgusting. We are run off our feet, we are trying our best – understand that everyone, and for those that are giving us respect and are being patient we can’t thank you enough,” he said before being overcome with emotion.

    I did a Bunnings run yesterday & apart from the lines & tables to indicate distances, the store was full impatient rude morons. Then to a nearby Aldi, same. But managed to get everything I need. Then to the post office to pick up a package – it now closes at 2pm and I got there at 2:30. 😤

    I was calm by the time I got home an idiot young driver on redPs hooning along, fishtails badly go through a very tight roundabout, bounces of the kerb, hard enough to bounce onto the kerb of the circle, then back to the outside kerb, loud bang and the passenger rear drops 6 inches – he keeps going but is wheel is badly out of true (leaning away from the body at @ 30degrees) . Haven’t laughed so hard all week. Q. Am I bad person ?

  208. JC:

    We would have seen masses more bodies and word would have come out that millions of people died. It’s hard to literally bury or burn that number of people.

    You’d be surprised at how many bodies you can fit into a derelict ship and tow it out to sea and sink it.
    Come back six months later and chuck in a zillion crab pots – sell ’em to round eyes.

  209. jupes

    Dow Jones up another 6.24% Let’s hope the All Ordinaries follows suit.

  210. Ladbrokes Straight Forecast market is back up.
    He’s in!
    Trump beats Cuomo – 51/1

  211. Tom

    Hey JC, I couldn’t believe my ears this morning when I heard the latest commercial from Frank Walker from National Tiles.

    After his customary werewolf “Hello!”, the greasy little prick says: “The current panic-buying from National Tiles is totally unnecessary.”

    For those who don’t know, Walker owns National Tiles, a national retailer based in Melbourne that specialises in importing cheap shit that enbles it to compete on price alone – probably from the communist empire that gave the world Kung Flu.

    He’s now trying to tell the bogans who buy his cheap shit that his cheap shit is so good it deserves to be panic-bought.

    Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel: he’s building a sales campaign on Kung Flu! He reminds me of the Democratic Party’s disgusting wish-list inclusions in the US bailout bill.

  212. Johno

    Does anyone know how many people have been infected with the ordinary ‘flu this year? Where would I find these figures?

  213. Johno

    OK, just did a search on google and found the stats. 17,910 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza as at 233/2020.

  214. stackja

    Is This Why WHO Peddled China’s Propaganda on the Wuhan Coronavirus?

    China lied and people died. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that his pandemic originated in China. It’s called the Wuhan coronavirus. Period. China discovered evidence of this pneumonia-like illness in December and orders its scientists to destroy samples.

    And remember the World Health Organization pretty much spreading Chinese misinformation in January (via Fox News):

    And yet, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus continues to praise China for its transparency over this fiasco, according to the Daily Caller. It all makes sense when you find out that China had backed Tedros’ 2017 bid to be WHO director-general. Talk about quid pro quo, huh?

  215. struth

    You cannot close state borders as they ate doing.
    I have fought government departments with sect 117 for years regarding oversize load regulatios and all sorts of crap they have dreamed up.
    We have always won..
    Whether you think it’s a good idea or not…..that is not the point.
    They are not abiding by the rule of law in any of this and through fear from socialist propaganda you have lost your freedom to criminals.
    See how that impacts the death toll.
    I see the bedwetters have decided that starving with no medicines or being shot in the head is fine and dying in your thousands of ordinary flu is fine.
    But if it saves just one life from Corona virus it’s all worth it.

  216. Knuckle Dragger

    From overnight, and vis a vis barbarians;

    I’m firmly in the barbarian camp. I know this is completely at odds with blog management, but he’s an Essendon supporter anyway so that marriage was never going to work.

    This is the thing though. Trump can be a barbarian all he likes, and the vast majority of the punters (no Plagiarism Bob, not 8.7%) will love him if for no other reason than he’s a decision maker, as opposed to our own ‘leadership’ that dynamites an entire economy because somebody said so, but still lets chicks have three hour haircuts because ‘community feedback’.

  217. Megan

    The sun is up in Melbournistan. I have taken my daily constitutional. The traffic is ramping up on its way across the river. And I have learned that Pilates classes are classified as essential. Apparently. 🤔

  218. Knuckle Dragger

    This potentially magnificent country is being led into a crisis, and being told what to do during said crisis, by people who’ve never had real jobs.

    Remember that.

  219. Megan

    This potentially magnificent country is being led into a crisis, and being told what to do during said crisis, by people who’ve never had real jobs.

    Remember that.

    That fact is what keeps me awake at night.

  220. Bar Beach Swimmer

    If you aren’t alternating between sheer terror and occasional glinty bits of hope, you aren’t paying attention.

    This is the current playbook for everyone out there in tied-down voter land. Which one to choose? Maybe a bet each way – flags at half mast, instead? Probably the only way not to go stark staring mad. Stimpson, get in here and decipher!

  221. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees’

    – Midnight Oil

    Bet those rich hippie fuckheads weren’t thinking about today when they wrote that.

  222. mh

    525 mh
    541 Armadillo
    529 Megan
    666 Rex Mango
    528 Egg
    567 Matrix Transform
    465 Arky
    603 Winston Smith
    527 Knuckle Dragger
    538 Black Ball
    555 Siltstone
    522 EvilElvis
    515 Nelson Kidd-Players

    Currently it looks like Matrix Transform, but if the UK reports a few late ones, Broward County style, then Winston could be our first multiple champion.

  223. mh

    Alan Jones highlighting the total failure of Australian authorities at our points of entry.

  224. Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s a link to Tom’s 4:30am bumper crop of cartoons.
    Three hours is a lot of scrolling these Cat days.

  225. Mater

    This potentially magnificent country is being led into a crisis, and being told what to do during said crisis, by people who’ve never had real jobs.

    Hitler had it easy. All he had to do was set fire to the Reichstag Building.

    Remember that

    Remember this:

    Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich

    Article 1

    In addition to the procedure prescribed by the constitution, laws of the Reich may also be enacted by the government of the Reich. This includes the laws referred to by Articles 85 Paragraph 2 and Article 87 of the constitution.

    Article 2

    Laws enacted by the government of the Reich may deviate from the constitution as long as they do not affect the institutions of the Reichstag and the Reichsrat. The rights of the President remain unaffected.

    Article 3

    Laws enacted by the Reich government shall be issued by the Chancellor and announced in the Reich Gazette. They shall take effect on the day following the announcement, unless they prescribe a different date. Articles 68 to 77 of the Constitution do not apply to laws enacted by the Reich government.

  226. Knuckle Dragger

    Sigh.

    If I may, apropos of State and Territory border closures:

    Go have a look at the legislation around it in whichever joint you live. There’ll be existing State law, almost exclusively labelled ‘Public Health Act’ or similar, or have ‘environment’ or something in the title. I think one’s actually got ‘wellbeing’ in it as well, which obviously means it’s relatively recent.

    Then look at the powers given to the Chief Health Officer is given under that legislation. All the Premier/CM needs to do is issue a declaration, and the powers their CMO (remember, a doctor – gated communities, wahn with the Mayor, Audi driver, hasn’t physically paid a bill in decades) then has are frightening.

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