Tuesday Forum: March 17, 2020

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  1. Cassie of Sydney

    “Look, if you’re like really really sick, pay the dolls and head to the US. In choosing a doc, make sure they’re from one of the prestigious schools and it’s a white male because there’s no fucking around with any affirmative action bullshit. They got into med school on their smarts and not because of their skin color or they squat on a toilet if taking a leak.”

    Agree…except I would just add “it’s a white Jooooish male”

  2. Or how much decent medical insurance costs, per m/y?
    So I can access the Stanford geeks….
    Walter White had to do some shady shit to get his lung cancer treatment…

  3. Average age of dying patients 80.5 and iirc all had pre-existing conditions.

    They are hospitals not miracle factories.

    You accept that China are without doubt lying about their death rates.

    It’s a new disease with everyone guessing about workable treatments.

    I doubt Italy is quite as unconcerned about the elderly as China might be.

    Seems rationality has gone out the window.

    And Italy had a few hopitals in the top fifty which considering its size and population seems okay to me.

  4. 132andBush

    This is the greatest thread eva.

  5. JC

    Gunner

    I’m not sure about other states, but in NYC, I only knew of one private hospital, which is the Doctor’s Hospital on the East side. It may be a private hospital because it’s not state owned. I went there once because I had a fight with a squash court wall, needed stitches and it was the closed place. I don”t know how it works eggsactly but there’s no such thing as private and public hospitals there. They’re are huge and act as teaching hospitals. You pay pretty much the same freight at all of them and they want your credit card and insurance details even if you’re half conscious

  6. Roger

    Also..I only go to my local family run pharmacy…where I keep my scripts and where they know me.

    Mine is a smaller national chain in a regional centre that I went to after we shifted our main residence from the big smoke a couple of years ago. I keep my scripts there and have developed a rapport with the two pharmacists, the senior Iranian lady and a younger Indian lady, such that they know my name and needs and a few other customers as well I’ve noticed.

  7. Overburdened

    Notice received ETD an hour.

    You lucky bastards no longer have to put up with my shit.

    Just keep swimming in your own shit.

    Cya

  8. JC

    Agree…except I would just add “it’s a white Jooooish male”

    That goes without saying 🙂

  9. Ozone anyone?

    FFS, these flat earthers!
    It’s called global climate emergency now.
    Sheesh.

  10. Just keep swimming in your own shit.

    Fk off,xunt

  11. thefrollickingmole

    Overburdened
    #3366117, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    Notice received ETD an hour.

    ???

  12. Chemist Warehouse wouldn’t sell you fifty either.

    Hard to get two at once from them long before the virus.

    Ditto on Panadol.

    One pack limit all last year.

  13. This is the greatest thread eva.

    Ever is a long time,132…
    The US Election thread was the greatest.
    Especially cos our boy, Monty, started it perfectly.
    It was Epic

  14. feelthebern

    Boomers complaining in the AFR.

    Stranded Australians feel ‘abandoned’ by government

    Kerrie Huxham and Harry Fay, a couple from Yamba in northern NSW who are trapped in locked-down Ecuador, said they felt abandoned by the federal government. They fear they will be stranded for months unless a mercy flight is organised.

    The couple were due to fly home from a three-week trip to the Galapagos Islands on Tuesday but became stuck when their flight was cancelled.

    “The Dutch and French have sent empty KLM and Air France jets to pick up nationals. Nothing like that being offered by Australia,” Mr Fay told the AFR Weekend from the couple’s hotel room in Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

    Mr Fay wondered why the Australian government couldn’t do the same, adding he was happy to pay for tickets.

    “Qantas has just grounded most of its fleet and stood down 20,000 employees, there are enough planes for the government to charter to pick all of us up,” Mr Fay said.

    Not just boomers.
    Boomers from Yamba.

  15. johanna

    notafan
    #3366065, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Also world’s sixth highest life expectancy suggests their healthcare is pretty good.

    Set to plummet in 2020

    Source? The CIA Factbook puts it at 15th.

    If yours is Wikipedia, I know which I would trust.

    Standard of healthcare is not always decisive, as the Factbook figures demonstrate. Quite a few poorish countries, like Malta, do better than Italy and a lot better than the USA.

    I suspect genetics has a part to play – if you are healthy into old age, you don’t need medical services.

  16. thefrollickingmole

    Running through the “infection control covid-19” course now..

    Its mega racist.
    Says it originated in China..
    Shamfrul dispray!

    Also only 5% of people will develop severe symptoms.

    Thought: Should we reinstate Manchuria and allow the Japs another crack at un battening the Chinese?

  17. calli

    In the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan, we need to keep a little list of all the shytes out with the begging bowl.

    I’m looking at you, sportspeople and entertainers.

  18. Hunter lost almost their whole vintage to smoke taint this year. They need help.

    GTFO with your DNC talking points!

  19. Adam

    Do they have a private system there?

    Almost unheard of. My first year in Italy I contacted a local insurance agent in order to arrange private health insurance. He was extremely excited as I was the first customer to ever make this request. He called me enlightened.

    I lived in Trentino which is an autonomous province for tax purposes and thus has a lot more to spend on stuff like hospitals. While the individual GPs were good, hospitals were another story. Had a contact who was a surgeon in one of the larger regional towns and his advice was to stay away from hospitals if I got sick. His disdain for the system in which he worked was awesome to behold. This was 15 years ago.

    I had one hospital visit for myself with a suspected broken foot which turned out to be merely very badly bruised, as close to a break as you can get. Spent an entire day trying to get an X-Ray; the entire process reminded me of Uganda without the Africans. The hospital had been built in the 1930s and it looked it.

    Couple of other times I had to take people to a hospital, every experience was the same. The thought of being there now with what is going on would just be horrifying. I reckon a trip to an Italian hospital right now would be pretty close to a death sentence. Bugger that for a joke.

  20. feelthebern

    I’m looking at you, sportspeople and entertainers.

    Now more than ever, it’s important for everyone to watch the Adam Goodes doco.
    That will help get the country back on it’s feet.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    The couple were due to fly home from a three-week trip to the Galapagos Islands on Tuesday but became stuck when their flight was cancelled.

    Uh-huh.
    So they headed off on holidays on 25th February, well after Kung Flu was up and running.
    And now we need to bail them out?

  22. Notice received ETD an hour.

    ???

    He got the call sign from Sandline.
    Gear up, boys!

  23. feelthebern

    And now we need to bail them out?

    They’re boomers.
    Of course we should.

  24. Feelthebern:

    Until this crisis has passed, CSL should be banned from taking blood or blood product collected in Australia out of the country.

    Just curious, FTB – why?
    I thought the US and Europe would have been our biggest customers

  25. Infidel Tiger

    The Australian has a picture of two airports: Beijing and Sydney.

    I can’t tell which is which. Same people.

  26. feelthebern

    The funny thing about the stranded boomers, is he says his happy to pay for his ticket home.
    On a private charter.
    The govt should go & pick him up & then invoice him for the 300k or so for the cost.

  27. johanna

    choosing a doc, make sure they’re from one of the prestigious schools and it’s a white male because there’s no fucking around with any affirmative action bullshit.

    For extra protection, I’d be choosing one whose name ends in ‘stein’ or ‘berg.’

    I’m not kidding.

  28. I wouldn’t call Australian hospitals first rate either.

    If you are over 35 in a Viktoristani hospital all they want to do is harvest your organs.

  29. thefrollickingmole

    Oh god, this is a video in the government training package…

  30. 132andBush

    Longest thread.

    Where is Monty.
    I’ve been praying all day for his kids.

    #homeschoolsocialism

  31. Roger

    I’m looking at you, sportspeople and entertainers.

    As I noted earlier today, the government is looking to include rugby league in their stimulus package round 2.

    Tax payers supporting millionaires.

  32. Infidel Tiger

    The couple were due to fly home from a three-week trip to the Galapagos Islands on Tuesday but became stuck when their flight was cancelled.

    Is his Hairy and his new wife?

  33. From the Hungary piece that Roger posted:

    The air of unreality persisted into the following week, when Prime Minister Viktor Orbán decreed limits on public gatherings and a three p.m. curfew for all local businesses save supermarkets, pharmacies, and tobacco shops.

    Score 10 on the awesomeness scale for priorities. Hungary rocks, (chicks are hawt too.)

  34. Infidel Tiger

    Hunter lost almost their whole vintage to smoke taint this year. They need help.

    GTFO with your DNC talking points!

    Gold!

    I got the crack taint bro!

  35. Leigh Lowe

    Mr Fay wondered why the Australian government couldn’t do the same, adding he was happy to pay for tickets.

    Tickets?
    So, maybe $1,000 each for two of them to be picked up in Ecuador?
    Or would they be thinking about paying the full operating cost themselves, which would run to tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  36. I can’t tell which is which. Same people.

    Someone reach out to Pauline Hanson – she’s 🐝 totally vindicated.
    Melbourne is a Chinese city now.
    #swamped

  37. The funny thing about the stranded boomers, is he says his happy to pay for his ticket home.
    On a private charter.
    The govt should go & pick him up & then invoice him for the 300k or so for the cost.

    Don’t be silly. They’ll be expecting to pay $1599 plus a good shot at using their frequent flyer points for an upgrade.

  38. Roger

    Score 10 on the awesomeness scale for priorities. Hungary rocks,

    Although a non-smoker, I had a chuckle at that too, Adam.

  39. feelthebern

    I thought the US and Europe would have been our biggest customers

    China is now CSL’s highest margin market.
    CSL sends more Australian collected blood to China than it does to any other country.
    CSL’s sales of albumin into China for cosmetic uses in private clinics is one of their highest margin products.
    Hey, but sure, keep donating blood here in Australia (for free) that then ends up in high end, private Chinese clinics that CSL makes a motsa on.

  40. Hungary rocks, (chicks are hawt too.)

    Central/Eastern Europe is our homeland now, bitches.
    Language studies are a high priority for the mobile pyrate nowadays!

  41. johanna

    Oh, I see that Cassie and JC already made my point about choosing doctors.

    Mind you, if that option is not available, one with a Chinese or Japanese name will do just fine. They have to be much better to get into Harvard et al, to make room for ‘minorities’ – which they apparently are not.

  42. Caveman

    Landlords to make sacrifices ,what if they have mortgages themselves.
    Landlords now join coal as evil.

  43. feelthebern

    Donors of blood should be able to designate whether their blood should remain in Australia or if it can be sold offshore.
    The only exception would be the pacific islands where Australia currently ensures a lot of them have at least some inventory.

  44. Roger

    MSM now reporting that Colesworths are leaning on wholesale grocery suppliers to the detriment of smaller and regional businesses.

    Once this has passed the government needs to look at breaking the big two up.

  45. Infidel Tiger

    Landlords to make sacrifices ,what if they have mortgages themselves.
    Landlords now join coal as evil.

    This is insanity. It’s going to become a huge rort.

    Ruining the economy for nothing.

  46. feelthebern

    Thank fuck
    European credit markets are having a decent start.
    Let’s hope the corporate debt market also does.
    Gotta ease the squeeze.

  47. feelthebern

    Once this has passed the government needs to look at breaking the big two up.

    LOL.
    Oh, how we laughed.

  48. Infidel Tiger

    MSM now reporting that Colesworths are leaning on wholesale grocery suppliers to the detriment of smaller and regional businesses.

    Our coffee shop can’t get milk because of Colesworth.

    He has to go down there to buy it and is limited to 2litres.

    He’s going to have to shut.

  49. johanna

    Tailgunner
    #3366135, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    The CIA Factbook
    Ahahahahaha

    What’s your point?

    I am not stupid enough to believe that the CIA wouldn’t manipulate data in certain areas, but the reality is that for compilation of hard, publicly available data on uncontroversial subjects, the Factbook is an invaluable resource.

    Why would they manipulate data on life expectancy, especially as it shows the US in an unfavourable light?

    Get a grip.

  50. Roger

    He’s going to have to shut.

    And he’s not Robinson Crusoe.

  51. JC

    Thank fuck
    European credit markets are having a decent start.
    Let’s hope the corporate debt market also does.
    Gotta ease the squeeze.

    I think, but don’t know, it may be based on hope with that anti-malarial. If you had a way of finding out how the Belgian results are going, you could make a billion or 2 or 3. 🙂

  52. Time for them to learn how to make a decent espresso without burning it, (fat chance of that in Australia.)

  53. EvilElvis

    They’ve basically shut Broome off.

    That’s where I was heading if the Zombies struck.

    Marble Bar on the coast without the charm.

  54. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hey, but sure, keep donating blood here in Australia (for free) that then ends up in high end, private Chinese clinics that CSL makes a motsa on.

    It’ll infect them with democracy!
    Or boganism.

  55. Roger

    LOL.
    Oh, how we laughed.

    There’s going to be a lot of angry people demanding it.

    Fines are not enough – they simply pass the cost on to customers.

    Historically, pandemics have had far reaching effects on societies.

    This will be no different.

  56. feelthebern

    I think it’s also due to the Fed opening up these dollar swap temporary facilities with a lot of central banks around the world.
    Even though the Fed was slow to move, it’s now redeemed itself.

  57. Farmer Gez

    Haven’t heard from Kung Flu Keating for a while.
    Tell us again how good China is Plácido

  58. feelthebern

    If you see Phillip Lowe this weekend, drop a sick fart in front of him.

  59. feelthebern

    Keating was never much on the China teat.
    The Chinese were in the Hawke camp & never really forgave Keating.

  60. JC

    I think it’s also due to the Fed opening up these dollar swap temporary facilities with a lot of central banks around the world.
    Even though the Fed was slow to move, it’s now redeemed itself.

    The swap lines suggest the eurodollar market is very tight.

    No, don’t give the Fed a pat on the back until they fix perceptions in the long term. “Jerome” should be fired.

  61. egg_

    If there isn’t a stack of 100 dead bodies by the end of next week, I reckon some small to medium business owners are going to seeking some mob justice.

    Methinks the outrage factor will be building in Joe Public for virtual lockdown and simultaneous looting by the hoards who caused the problem in the first place.

    NOT Hug a Chi naman Day
    in my neck of the woods, I suspect, as few seem to be showing their face in public, when it’s normally swamped with ’em.

  62. egg_

    Has SloMo sent the Cops in – to protect the Chi nese raiders?

  63. especially as it shows the US in an unfavourable light?

    Hmmmm…
    Your time running Jervis Bay has turned you to the Deepstate side.
    Anything close to alphabet is tainted.

  64. Infidel Tiger

    Everyone will be bored of this fake crisis by next week.

    Lock up your oldies. Everyone else get back on the tools.

  65. Got through the day of home school. Painting, clay, blocks, spelling, kicking the ball in the yard… all these things entertained me while the kids watched telly.

  66. Farmer Gez

    Nice line on Facebook.
    ‘Parents about to discover, the teacher was not the problem.’

  67. Mark A

    Leigh Lowe
    #3366140, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    The couple were due to fly home from a three-week trip to the Galapagos Islands on Tuesday but became stuck when their flight was cancelled.

    Uh-huh.
    So they headed off on holidays on 25th February, well after Kung Flu was up and running.
    And now we need to bail them out?

    I kept out of saying “we told you so” to the intrepid travelers who found themselves in strife, but find it strange and a bit rich that some now are asking gov. help.

    As you said it was well known for many weeks, and if the financial loss by cancelling was a consideration, then I’m sorry, but your well being is worth more than a few thou.

    Not looking at you Lizzie!😊

  68. Who has all the milk?

    There was a two carton limit at mine.

    I bought one for me and one for my mother.

    Still plenty of stock.

    Fresh milk does go off.

    I shall ask my local if they are having trouble with supply.

  69. Roger

    Historically, pandemics have had far reaching effects on societies.

    This will be no different.

    And we should pray it is so, I should have added.

    Otherwise, when the big one one comes around – and it will – we’ll be stuffed.

  70. Start them on the History of Kekistan tomorrow,Monty.
    Ease them into it.

  71. JC

    Artie

    I put up a link earlier. He’s an Israeli doc with a Nobel. He too reckons a great deal of what we’re doing could be way over the top. But he reckons the China bug is 10 times harsher than the common cold and 4 to 8 times that of the regular flu. That’s freaking nasty stuff.

  72. Until this crisis has passed, CSL should be banned from taking blood or blood product collected in Australia out of the country.

    bern is literally grousing about our precious bodily fluids. This is how cooked it gets on page 20 of an OT.

  73. thefrollickingmole

    Monty “Keep them out of our pristine lands” is now going to have a shot at someone else.

    Footage: Montys bedroom: this time 2 days ago, clourised.

  74. egg_

    The Diamond Princess case supports Struth’s 1% = flu argument.

    Unless the Authorities know some other factors than its immediate morbidity, why the Global panic?

  75. egg_

    Filipina friend’s parents were set to visit their other daughter, who already lives here, on the 27th.
    She just sent me News of the border closure.

  76. Rafe Champion

    Almost 5000 comments, is this a record?

  77. egg_

    The fat fvck is still with us?

    Where’s that book, Arma?

  78. The Diamond Princess case supports Struth’s 1% = flu argument.

    It’s fake, but the sheep are scared shitless.
    We go MadMax/accelerationist, or we wake up in Stasiland.
    It’s Y2K but all over the place.
    #TPwarriors

  79. JC

    The Diamond Princess case supports Struth’s 1% = flu argument.

    That’s 250,000 Australians dead, Egg. That’s not something to sneeze at. (pun intended).

  80. Monty in to 11/1 on Cat Corona Keno

  81. Infidel Tiger

    Artie

    I put up a link earlier. He’s an Israeli doc with a Nobel. He too reckons a great deal of what we’re doing could be way over the top. But he reckons the China bug is 10 times harsher than the common cold and 4 to 8 times that of the regular flu. That’s freaking nasty stuff.

    Look, overreaction is always safer than under reaction with a health crisis, as long as you adjust your view when the evidence says otherwise. The economy is going to take such a hit, that the health damage will be for the survivors.

    We are going to have a much lower standard of living going forward because of what has happened just in the last week. That is incredible.

  82. calli

    feelthebern
    #3366143, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:58 pm
    And now we need to bail them out?

    They’re boomers.
    Of course we should.

    They’re idiots.

    Da Stupid is intergenerational.

  83. johanna

    Had the plumber in today – leak under the vanity in the upstairs bathroom.

    They obviously sent the apprentice, or the kid just out. He was a sweetie – polite and obliging, and built like a scrum half, aged 22, tops.

    Still, he was pleased not to be cleaning out a gully trap, the traditional role of plumbing newbies. This was clean and hygenic and easy in comparison.

    Turns out that the leak is behind the back wall of the vanity. It being late Friday afternoon, that’s as far as we got. $200+ – caching!

    Next week they will come back and rip out the wall and fix the leak and put in a new back wall. If I get out of it for less than a grand, I’ll be grateful.

    The joys of home ownership.

    I’m just glad I got them booked before the sewers start backing up due to people putting kitchen paper down them.

    That will be ugly, for all concerned.

  84. egg_

    That’s 250,000 Australians dead

    Tally = 7.

  85. feelthebern

    The swap lines suggest the eurodollar market is very tight.

    Very.

  86. feelthebern

    Lock up your oldies. Everyone else get back on the tools.

    Should have been the policy from day 1.

  87. Monty in to 11/1 on Cat Corona Keno

    Who’s holding the bag, I want to bung a tenner on meself.

  88. Infidel Tiger

    That’s 250,000 Australians dead, Egg. That’s not something to sneeze at. (pun intended).

    Stat abuse!

    For starters everyone would have to get it. Unlikely

    Secondly everyone would have to be 70+ years old. Unlikely.

    I can’t add up without a my shoes off and I still understand stats better than most of you.

  89. feelthebern

    Had the plumber in today

    Phrasing.

  90. egg_

    m0nty
    #3366226, posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    Monty in to 11/1 on Cat Corona Keno

    Who’s holding the bag, I want to bung a tenner on meself.

    NOT one of the “250,000”?

  91. feelthebern

    Tally = 7.

    4 of those from the same cluster, the old folks home in Sydney.
    3 residents, plus someone who was close to one of the deceased.

  92. JC

    Artie

    That’s not what I’m saying. I’m no saying there will be 250,000 dead.

    Eggly was suggesting the 1% figure derived from the ship isn’t that big a deal. It is a big deal if it occurred.

  93. calli

    m0nty
    #3366200, posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    Got through the day of home school. Painting, clay, blocks, spelling, kicking the ball in the yard… all these things entertained me while the kids watched telly.

    Chuckle. You give me the sh*ts sometimes but that made me* laugh.

    * probably because, as you told me, I have no standards 😁

  94. egg_

    I can’t add up without a my shoes off and I still understand stats better than most of you.

    I support Arky – with respect to Economics dunces – and exponential Maths, wholeheartedly.

  95. Bruce in WA

    They’ve basically shut Broome off.

    We have close friends living there but I haven’t been able to speak to them. Can you expand on this a bit, please?

  96. bespoke

    JC
    #3366062, posted on March 20, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    Now this is power and might.

    https://twitter.com/biancoresearch/status/1240833664801538049

    Seen same kind of footage a few times in the last year. I’s not a show of mobilization.

  97. johanna

    Infidel Tiger
    #3366197, posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:22 pm

    Everyone will be bored of this fake crisis by next week.

    Lock up your oldies. Everyone else get back on the tools.

    Bored by, IT, bored by.

    How this ghastly usage came about, I do not know, but it grates like a brick on a kitchen slicer.

    Clive James would have hated it.

  98. egg_

    Eggly was suggesting the 1% figure derived from the ship isn’t that big a deal. It is a big deal ***if*** it occurred.

    If my Aunty had balls…

  99. egg_

    Eggly was suggesting the 1% figure derived from the ship isn’t that big a deal. It is a big deal ***if*** it occurred.

    If my Aunty had ba lls…

  100. Infidel Tiger

    We have close friends living there but I haven’t been able to speak to them. Can you expand on this a bit, please?

    No flights in.

  101. Some History

    Also was a big hit in China

    The Rook of Rove

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf1d65OHYXo

    🙂

  102. Porter

    Every kid under 18 uses “of” in every phrasal verb. They get bored of their teacher and hand off their homework to them…it’s been a widely noted phenomenon among linguists, and its related to lack of critical mass of native English speakers in school classes. Aliens colonize everything, including your language.

  103. johanna

    Look, overreaction is always safer than under reaction with a health crisis,

    IT, you are an eejit. What a stupid statement.

    Firstly, we don’t know that there is a ‘crisis.’

    Secondly, sending the entire world broke is arguably not ‘always’ the best option.

    Have you lost your mind? Found Jesus, or something? What is going on with you?

  104. Bruce in WA

    Bored by, IT, bored by.

    Or bored with

    One of my pet hates too, Johanna, along with could of, should of, might of etc.

  105. calli

    It has always been about worst caee scenarios and the overwhelming of ICUs.

    Be grateful if it doesn’t eventuate.

    Meanwhile the Middle Kingdom is revving up to take advantage of our care for others.

  106. Bruce in WA

    No flights in.

    Oh shit, oh dear! Really? That is bad.

  107. Porter

    Cocaine, MDMA supply hit as coronavirus busts drug cartels

    Drug runs Coronavirus has smashed drug smuggling supply chains to Australia, potentially leaving organised crime groups in debt and vulnerable — and is also set to spark desperate toilet roll-style demand among users of cocaine and MDMA.

    Smashing drug supply chains? Very good. Dealers and users killing each other for cocaine and MDMA? Get popcorn.

  108. Roger

    Who has all the milk?

    Colwesworths, apparently.

    Ditto the chicken, at the expense of small businesses, if the suddenly curious msm are to be believed.

    Fwiw, rumour has it Kaufland pulled out of Australia because they couldn’t establish secure supply “going forward”, with mention of undue influence behind the scenes from the big two in the frame.

  109. Armadillo

    So, let’s get to the real point here.

    Who is going to lose their jobs? It won’t be public servants.

    The penny will drop.

  110. IT, you are an eejit. What a stupid statement.

    Firstly, we don’t know that there is a ‘crisis.’

    If what’s going on right now isn’t a crisis to you then I want you beside me when the mortar rounds starting lobbing in.

  111. johanna

    Thanks, Bruce. Quite right.

    Possibly you are another Latin scholar?

  112. calli

    Bother.

    case

    Should of proof read. 😁

  113. Ed Case

    MSM now reporting that Colesworths are leaning on wholesale grocery suppliers to the detriment of smaller and regional businesses.

    Storeman in Coles told me they aren’t restocking quickly because it just fuels the buying insanity.
    All dried and frozen stuff is 2x limit, milk is 2 plastic containers any size.
    Fresh cream disappeared.
    People have either got a heads up that rationing is around the corner or they’re taking a punt.
    Either way they’re forcing a decision to be made.

  114. johanna

    Adam, the ‘crisis’ is not related to the existence of a virus, but to the reactions to it. It is not a ‘health crisis.’

    Sheesh!

  115. Bruce in WA

    Possibly you are another Latin scholar?

    Regrettably, no. Just an editor for the past 30 years.

  116. Bruce in WA

    Should of proof read. 😁

    I see what you did there. 😀

  117. johanna

    johanna
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    #3366257, posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Adam, the ‘crisis’ is not related to the ex istence of a virus, but to the reactions to it. It is not a ‘health crisis.’

    Sheesh!

    Spaminator. Guess what the problem was.

  118. Geriatric Mayfly

    along with could of, should of, might of etc.

    Could’ve, should’ve, would’ve.

  119. cohenite

    Eggly was suggesting the 1% figure derived from the ship isn’t that big a deal. It is a big deal if it occurred.

    Actually it’s 1% of those who caught the chunk virus. 2300 didn’t catch it in perfect contagion conditions. In addition those who did catch it were smack bang in the most susceptible group, old codgers, no doubt with many attendant ailments. In that group the death rate reported elsewhere is double figures; supposedly.

    The cruise ship figures disabuse any hysteria of the level we are getting.

    The big question is who is dying in Italy: old folk; old sick folk; chunk workers; the mafia taking advantage to settle a few scores.

    By any standard, chunk duplicity apart, this has been an over-reaction, especially since it isn’t backed up by any sort of secure appraisal at our airports.

    Anyway, STFU head prefect and restrict yourself to posting coherent stock tips.

  120. It might not be a health crisis right now but I reckon if this reaction continues then it damn well will be.

  121. Ed Case

    Diamond Princess= 20,000 oldsters to the Sq. K. density.
    That’s not replicable anywhere else on earth yet less than 1 in 500 died.

  122. calli

    We are not permitted to name a world leader who shall not be named.

    It’s all about who we fear. Welcome to liberty, dragon style.

  123. Infidel Tiger

    Johanna must be at the end of the Gilbeys and can’t read properly.

  124. egg_

    If what’s going on right now isn’t a crisis to you then I want you beside me when the mortar rounds starting lobbing in.

    Despite Arky’s insistence on risk numericals, as Calli and others operating real businesses (PCBU) will be aware, it’s ultimately a subjective call in the end and the law simply requires that one exercises a “duty of care” to oneself and others in the workplace.
    Hence, Controls for the Archivist Dunce.

  125. JC

    Cronkite

    Stop hallucinating. I was merely pointing out that 1% of the population croaking it at one time as a result of a bad batch of bat soup isn’t easy nut to crack. There was nothing else I stated nor implied. You STFU and go fix that land transfer you fucked up today.

  126. calli

    I smell a big , fat, opportunistic rat.

    I have just been offered 10 hand sanitisers for $59.99 and face masks 50 for $89.95 from….NoniB.

  127. Roger

    We are not permitted to name a world leader who shall not be named.

    It’s Xi’s virus.

    Xi’s virus, I say.

    Not China’s virus even, but Xi’s virus. A supreme leader can’t dodge responsibility.

    (How long before that’s banned on the Cat?)

  128. cohenite

    Here’s a photo of that piece of shit, adam bandt in his office; guess which flag is missing:

    https://www.facebook.com/malcolmrobertsonenation/photos/a.917480761729138/1967352946741909/?type=3&theater

    I’m not advocating violence but he should be shot.

  129. Porter

    Why is it that you only see Chinese wear face masks when they are not available to the general public?

  130. vlad

    The same revisionism was employed when HIV wiped out the blokes with haemophilia because the homosexuals would not refrain from giving blood because they felt it was discriminatory against them because they are just like everyone else.

    I’m glad someone else remembers this, that it was “homophobia” to suggest AIDS might be transmitted by blood transfusions.

    Asimov wasn’t a haemophiliac; he went in for “routine” heart surgery and the operation was a complete success – to paraphrase the old joke – but the patient contracted AIDS from it that later killed him.

  131. MatrixTransform

    What a fucking year, hey.

    Q1 JC … Q1

  132. Armadillo

    The accountants that specialise in tax minimisation won’t be too popular.

  133. Porter

    The one (and possibly only) thing I like about the Daily Mail is its constant slap down of the endlessly vapid and moronic Meghan and Harry (while using them as click bait for advertising dollars). https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8132637/RICHARD-KAY-Harry-Meghan-miles-away-Queens-wisdom.html

  134. bespoke

    What could of been if we weren’t bored by trivial priorities.

  135. MatrixTransform

    Got mate she’s Bosnian and arrived her not speaking a word of English when about 19yo.
    May well have been on my old man’s bus outta Portsea back in the day.
    who knows?

    She reckons this whole shit-show reminds her of the war

    she also said, ‘forget toilet paper, you’ll be fine’

  136. johanna

    Bruce in WA
    #3366258, posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Possibly you are another Latin scholar?

    Regrettably, no. Just an editor for the past 30 years.

    Gosh, you must be suffering, especially when you read TheirABC.

  137. Geriatric Mayfly

    Why is it that you only see Chinese wear face masks when they are not available to the general public?

    The Box Hill sweat shops (sheds in the back yard) must be churning them out.

  138. mh

    Good to see the Indian men executed for gang raping a woman to death on a bus.

  139. calli

    I detect a double negative, bespoke.

    A trivial one. But, all the same.

  140. Geriatric Mayfly

    but the patient contracted AIDS from it that later killed him.

    Ditto Arthur Ashe. Saw him play on centre court down SW19 way.

  141. calli

    Cohenite, they are the same photos that have been linked to here quite a few times.

    Surely someone, anyone, has taken more.

    I don’t doubt what they are doing. The fact that there aren’t more tells us something.

  142. Roger

    Why is it that you only see Chinese wear face masks when they are not available to the general public?

    Something I’ve also noticed.

    The nail shops (ok, they might have a supply in stock) but more recently (i.e. today) the faux sushi bars.

  143. johanna

    Matrix, I phoned the 90+ olds yesterday, and asked my stepmother how they were going with the shortages.

    ‘We went through the war’ she said. ‘you just do what you have to do.’

    She thinks the current generation are a bunch of wimps.

    Oh, and they went shopping in Penrith yesterday. I feel sorry for the politician who tries to lock her up at home. He or she will have to put her in shackles, on national television.

  144. Armadillo

    Hopefully Coronavirus will remove the scale from the eyes.

    I’m optimistic that this will be the case. Everything happens for a reason.

  145. Roger

    Good to see the Indian men executed for gang raping a woman to death on a bus.

    A very gruesome, planned rape.

    Not only is justice served thereby – a fundamental principle of justice our judiciary, by and large, no longer grasp – but a powerful message is sent.

  146. Old Lefty

    We can assume, if course, that this doesn’t apply to a certain prelate:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-20/calls-for-australian-prisoners-to-be-released-due-to-coronavirus/12074182

    Rather, the Spring Street politburo will give the head of corrective services a bonus of he doesn’t survive until the court judgement.

  147. Armadillo

    My greatest fear is that politicians will use this to further entrench their power.

  148. Mark A

    Armadillo
    #3366295, posted on March 20, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Hopefully Coronavirus will remove the scale from the eyes.

    I’m optimistic that this will be the case. Everything happens for a reason.

    You got religion or is that belief from some guru?

  149. Lol GM

    Chinese mask wearers every where in Box Hill and surrounds.

    At nearby supermarket this afternoon day dad and his three year old coming in, both in masks.

    I was thinking if you’re that concerned why wouldn’t you leave him at home?

  150. johanna

    My sister’s mother-in-law was killed by a blood transfusion from a gay man who had HIV. No question, it was traced back.

    These things may be statistically insignificant, but are not so to the son who lost his mother a long time before due, and the children who lost their grandmother ditto.

    Erna was in her early 60s, otherwise healthy, and should have had another 20 years or so.

    In all this talk about statistics, we run the risk of forgetting that the numbers are human beings.

  151. Bruce in WA

    Gosh, you must be suffering, especially when you read TheirABC.

    Indeed; especially with their latest predilection for using “they” as a singular. Yes, I know it’s been accepted for decades, but it’s still fingernails down a blackboard to me. Sorry, that’s chalkboard.

    I’m still waiting for “yous” to be accepted as a plural by Macquarie.

  152. Cardimona

    Any Cats got Reservist mates?
    I was talking to a one earlier.
    He’s a bit worried by a call he got from his unit.
    He said he’s not allowed to say anything so I asked questions and watched for his body language cues.
    “Roadblocks?” looked like a “yes.”
    “Locking down towns or suburbs?” looked like a “no.”
    “Policing actions?” looked like a “maybe.”
    “So are there UN troops in Darwin?” got “Yeah, there’s UN people having a meeting up there.”

  153. Overburdened

    To the untrained eye good to go and told it’s another hour. FFS.

    Enough time in internet land to notice this

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/gaming/coronavirus-eb-games-owner-gamestop-says-its-an-essential-retailer/news-story/13a414fafa9cbb95377d099a0483dfc2

    These pricks have no idea.

    They are fucked.

    At least I can survive in the true world and am about to give it another crack when the shit is finally got together.

    Cya again hopefully for the last time until end of contract.

  154. johanna

    I have seen exactly one facemask at the mall – on a Chinese person at Coles.

    Despite the best efforts of the MSM, most people are remaining calm.

  155. Roger

    Any Cats got Reservist mates?

    Yes; will inquire.

  156. Mark A

    In all this talk about statistics, we run the risk of forgetting that the numbers are human beings.

    One thing I noticed here as people are talking about the mortality rate.

    Folks, it’s not interest rates! 1% or even .01% mortality rate is huge!

    I realise, the eventual human mortality rate is 100% but that’s the price of being born.

  157. Fleeced

    johanna wrote:

    Oh, and they went shopping in Penrith yesterday. I feel sorry for the politician who tries to lock her up at home. He or she will have to put her in shackles, on national television.

    Like she said, they do what they gotta do. But it’s a prob atm. I’ve been shopping for my parents, and the shops are packed. The whole fiasco with shortages means people are having to go to the shops more frequently instead of less, and mingling with lots of other people in close contact.

    Oh, and some parents took their kids out of school, which I reckon is their call – but some of the stupider ones then drag along them to the shops in the above conditions.

    Oldies need to stay home if they can, but I’m not sure how long self-isolation can go on for. Expecting them to stay cooped up in their houses for six months is just ridiculous – and isn’t going to happen.

  158. Bruce in WA

    My greatest fear is that politicians will use this to further entrench their power.

    There is absolutely no doubt about this; it is a lay-down misère. And not just to entrench it, but to logarithmically increase it.

  159. egg_

    My greatest fear is that politicians will use this to further entrench their power.

    Looks like a bigger booster than CAGW.
    ‘Elf NAZIs are in their hay day.

  160. Pedro the Loafer

    The WA .gov has declared all remote aboriginal villages are officially in lock down due to China virus.

    Nobody allowed in without permission. Just whose permission is required was not elaborated.

    Given that the concept of social separation would be totally alien and the personal hygiene standards of most of the inhabitants these “communities” I am not surprised.

  161. egg_

    ‘Elf NAZIs are in their hay day.

    Grigs is cumming in his socks.

  162. Bruce in WA

    The WA .gov has declared all remote aboriginal villages are officially in lock down due to China virus.

    So how are they gonna get their woobla? Big trouble brewing there.

  163. Infidel Tiger

    The WA .gov has declared all remote aboriginal villages are officially in lock down due to China virus.

    Nobody allowed in without permission. Just whose permission is required was not elaborated.

    Given that the concept of social separation would be totally alien and the personal hygiene standards of most of the inhabitants these “communities” I am not surprised.

    Pure and simple fascism and idiocy.

    No one in WA has the virus and certainly no one a remote Aborginal would encounter. The only way they will get the virus is some busy body from government giving it to them.

  164. egg_

    100% cure rate from new clinical test on the chunk virus:

    Tough virus, huh?
    One very odd virus, by all accounts.

  165. Bron

    Fired today by JetStar. In this new world, a Contract of Employment means nothing.

  166. egg_

    2 Cats, presumably in a high risk group, have survived their cruises on “ships of death”, despite others’ hand wringing on the Cat, non?

  167. bespoke

    Hang in there Bron you are one of many to come.

  168. vlad

    Collingwood are thrashing Footscray (aka “Western Bulldogs”).

  169. Back home from work at the club. Management halved the number of seats available to customers to drink and eat. Still busy enough but staff have been told to expect reductions in shifts.

  170. notafan

    You should take a stroll around Box Hill then Johanna.

    Is it if I didn’t see it myself it’s not happening or I mix with a better class of people?

    I mentioned the other day sitting at the lights in a different suburb watching six young Chinese men, all masked, crossing the road not another person anywhere near.

    It’s a fascinating spectacle watching the acceleration of the disintegration of Australia into a low trust society.

  171. Mater

    Cohenite, they are the same photos that have been linked to here quite a few times.

    Surely someone, anyone, has taken more.

    Calli,

    I’ll ask around over the next couple of days, see what I come up with. Just because people aren’t advertising they have them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist. We’ll see.

    Country people still have manners (as you well know), so sticking a camera in peoples faces is not second nature, especially when nothing illegal is underway. Despicable, but not illegal. Many are also reticent to show their disdain and would rather avoid a confrontation. Nor do they wish to get tied up in some ‘racial’ scandal on ACA. The blood is currently up, so I dare say this reticence might not last.

    Just as an aside, as I said in my post on Tuesday, many came in individual vehicles, some with trailers. The buses were a late addition to the story. Don’t focus on the buses, they just indicate a level of organisation.

    I’ll see how I go.

  172. MatrixTransform

    both in masks.

    conspicuous masks signify status

    Well Sir, you have mask … can I show you our range of toiletries?

  173. feelthebern

    Roll forward a couple of months.
    “We erred on the side of caution with coronavirus, why don’t we do the same with climate change?”.

  174. johanna

    Bruce in WA
    #3366307, posted on March 20, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Gosh, you must be suffering, especially when you read TheirABC.

    Indeed; especially with their latest predilection for using “they” as a singular. Yes, I know it’s been accepted for decades, but it’s still fingernails down a blackboard to me. Sorry, that’s chalkboard.

    I’m still waiting for “yous” to be accepted as a plural by Macquarie.

    Bruce, when Ita was appointed, I posted about what a stickler for spelling and grammar she was when in charge of many publications. And, that is true.

    It just highlights how powerless the Board is. She must be furious, but that’s the way it was set up.

    Whoever designed the ABC model was an evil genius. In the end, nobody is responsible for anything. There is a neat little DMZ between each one.

    A few brave politicians have taken them on, and been defeated by the Act.

    But try to reform the legislation and Coalition wimps come out of the woodwork as if the pest controllers were after them.

  175. Mater

    Calli,
    I posted a response right here, but in moderation.
    In keeping with Sinc’s request, I won’t attempt to post it again.

  176. Fired today by JetStar. In this new world, a Contract of Employment means nothing.

    I am sorry to hear that. Talk about the world getting turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

  177. Nick

    I caught the bus too and from work today. In the morning, a dusky hued man slurped milk and cereal out of a plastic container, then picked both nostrils, flicking his handiwork onto the floor.

  178. Turnip

    100,000 tested
    876 +v
    2 serious/critical
    7 dead.
    F ME!

  179. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Fired today by JetStar. In this new world, a Contract of Employment means nothing.

    Been there, done that. Sorry to hear the news. Never easy.

  180. calli

    Calli,
    I posted a response right here, but in moderation.
    In keeping with Sinc’s request, I won’t attempt to post it again.

    All good. When you see it reappear, link back to it. 🙂

  181. Mater

    In short, I’ll discretely ask around for photos. People tend not to advertise their existence.
    Taking them wouldn’t be second nature for people up here.

  182. egg_

    Nick
    #3366351, posted on March 20, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Sydney Trains have platform signs – and announcements – to stop spitting – a favourite activity in Beijing, IIRC.

  183. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus CHRIST this stupid, stupid nationwide swooning is driving the hot dog trade nuts. Big week.

    Okay.

    Cardi (and Diogenes from this morning btw), there are no – NO – UN troops, nor shady UN meetings in D-town.

    Potentially if all State/Territory border were to be closed then the jacks would be at the crossings, not the ARES. And especially not their vehicles, which would send the remaining people who hadn’t yet been freaked out by the meeja into cardiac arrest and orgasm at the same time. There would, literally, be bloody riots in the streets.

    Shopping centres still shit, though. Fat skanks reducing to buying novelty items just to show they could get something from the supermarket.

    Unless you’re in a very few specialist ARES units in the smoke, you’re highly unlikely to be called up for anything. But naturally and unfortunately, quite a few ARES people would talk it up. ‘My nation needs me’, and so on.

  184. Mater

    All,
    The word: E X I S T and all it’s derivatives, is on the banned list.

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    The perfect response to anyone that says the Wuhan Chinese Bat Flu is waaacist is:

    ‘Why?’

  186. Farmer Gez

    egg_
    #3366331, posted on March 20, 2020 at 8:52 pm
    2 Cats, presumably in a high risk group, have survived their cruises on “ships of death”, despite others’ hand wringing on the Cat, non?

    So Lizzie is coming back through LAX.
    That outta do it.
    Chickens hatching and all that egg.

  187. MatrixTransform

    Fired today by JetStar

    sorry to hear Bron

  188. Bruce in WA

    2 Cats, presumably in a high risk group, have survived their cruises on “ships of death”, despite others’ hand wringing on the Cat, non?

    I guess my wife and I are half of that “high risk group”. In retrospect, it was perhaps injudicious of us to go on the cruise. But when we left home, the panic was nowhere near as bad.

    On a 15-day cruise, we were ultimately denied entry to Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines. We were allowed into Darwin ONLY because (a) we had been at sea for 10 days with no contact with land, (b) we had NO illness onboard (tested daily), (c) we had a large Australian population on board, and (d) we were enroute before the boom was lowered on cruise ships.

    Because of our 10-day isolation at sea, we only have to isolate at home for four more days. However, my wife and I have made the decision to extend that for a further seven days; we don’t want to scare anyone.

    We weren’t a large ship (Silver Spirit) with about 417 passengers and 403 crew. Nevertheless, not a single case of respiratory illness. Probably (no, definitely!) safer than going down to the local shopping centre.

  189. egg_

    Does JC realise he’s being belted with cancerous gamma rays every time he flies?

  190. calli

    Nice clip, Ellie.

    Just when you think you’ve escaped…

  191. calli

    Mater, it’s two consecutive letters in that word.

    It’s a world leader.

    One whose name shall not be written.

  192. MatrixTransform

    E X I S T

    oh gawd … do we have to go back to L33t Sp34k?

    test: sex1st , existential1st, r4c1st

  193. calli

    And, with compliments to Cassie and dear David who may still be lurking, the bugger isn’t G-d.

  194. Ellie

    Muah, Calli. Hope all is well.

  195. MatrixTransform

    well there you go
    orange man bad.
    number one leader … unmentionable

  196. MatrixTransform

    and don’t try leet speak … that doesnt work either

  197. MatrixTransform

    seriously, another corona princess?
    One in Sydney as well as Melb?

    just in time for the Grand Prix

  198. Knuckle Dragger

    Back in the olden days, the Mafia used to hijack trucks full of goods intended for somewhere and someone else. Very profitable, it is said.

    In the context of locusts in buses full of Bat People towing servo-hired trailers, the day will arrive when an enterprising group of locals in one of the towns afflicted by these plague-carrier thieves takes matters into their own hands. It would be a very simple process. Hypothetically:

    Small town supermarket raided. Goods stacked in trailer and in cargo hold of bus. Locusts get in bus. Bus leaves town.
    First bend in road. Tractor (or better yet, scarifier or similar) slows bus down. Bus boxed in to side and rear by local utes. Tractor stops. Bus stops.
    Entry gained to bus. Locals relieved of phones which are turfed into nearest paddock or preferably dam. Goods removed from cargo hold and trailer and stacked in utes.

    Tyres let down and battery removed from bus. Everyone drives away from Bat People and disabled bus.

    Small town’s police unavailable, as sole vehicle has ‘sudden car trouble’.

    End of locusting everywhere.*^

    *Not advocating robbery of locusts. Hypothetical scenario – individual results may vary.
    ^Wearing of Presidents of the United States masks not mandatory but should add both flair and comedy value.

  199. rickw

    cohenite
    #3365978, posted on March 20, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Chloroquine apparently stops you getting the chunk virus and if you have it cures you. Chloroquine is not available in Australia. Figures.

    I ordered it online and it turned up.

  200. rickw

    In the context of locusts in buses full of Bat People towing servo-hired trailers, the day will arrive when an enterprising group of locals in one of the towns afflicted by these plague-carrier thieves takes matters into their own hands. It would be a very simple process. Hypothetically:

    I can’t understand how this hasn’t happened yet.

  201. Knuckle Dragger

    mole, 1.44 p.m.;

    Appreciated. I started to miss Bobstains the WarDog terribly.

  202. johanna

    notafan
    #3366336, posted on March 20, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    You should take a stroll around Box Hill then Johanna.

    Is it if I didn’t see it myself it’s not happening or I mix with a better class of people?

    I mentioned the other day sitting at the lights in a different suburb watching six young Chinese men, all masked, crossing the road not another person anywhere near.

    It’s a fascinating spectacle watching the acceleration of the disintegration of Australia into a low trust society.

    To the geographically challenged notafan, I was talking about Queanbeyan, not Box Hill.

    The only thing I know about Box Hill is that I saw Lobby Lloyd and the Coloured Balls at the Town Hall there in 1973. Great show, very loud.

    Queanbeyan is a mixture of white people of all stripes, a lot descended from the Snowy Scheme, and quite a few oldies from that time. Poles, Ukranians, Latvians, Czechs etc. Then we have the whites from surrounding farming and forestry towns – true blue, I suppose, but some of them are genetically challenged thanks to inbreeding. Then we have a surprisingly big group of Islanders and Maori, who often hang around with the very few Aborigines. Then Indians, lots of them. Very few Chinese.

    As I have said before, at 6 am the traffic noise starts, as people get up and go to work, and they are not bond traders.

    John Nolte wrote a fine piece at Breitbart about the despised workers who voted for Trump. The truckers, the retail workers who unload the trucks, stack the shelves and serve customers. The people who don’t matter, unlike actors and media commenters and sports stars. The people who, if they disappeared tomorrow, would barely raise a ripple. As opposed to truckers, farmers, retail staff etc.

  203. Fleeced

    rickw wrote:

    I ordered it online and it turned up.

    1. How can you be sure it’s legit?
    2. Er… where from?

  204. Archivist

    Five people aboard the Ruby Princess had influenza-like illness before they boarded in Wellington, New Zealand on March 14. They were tested before boarding and all were negative for COVID-19 at that time.

    They boarded the ship carrying the disease… and were already sick! I wonder what their nationality is? How long before the cruise did they purchase their tickets?

  205. Shy Ted

    Closing in on 5,000 posts, Might have to stay up late for the big event.

  206. Knuckle Dragger

    rickw,

    Hypothetically speaking, it would be ridiculously easy. The Bat People, so notorious for being rude filthy uncaring bastards when running with hundreds of their kin still expect manners and courtesy to be extended to them.

    22 in a coaster bus could be easily overpowered by old Ron, the Korean War vet who turns up at the pub at five past ten every morning for his pony of Diet Ale. For four or five blokes from the local footy team it’s a piece of piss. They’re all tiny weedy, specky specimens anyway.

  207. A Quiet Australian

    Fox Glacier pilot flies self-isolation rule-breaking tourists straight to police

    Credits: Newshub
    A Fox Glacier helicopter operator took matters into his own hands after a pair from Hong Kong went for a scenic flight when they were supposed to be in isolation.

    Rob Jewel’s heli-flight flight full of tourists over Fox Glacier was compromised by tourists refusing to self isolate.

    He told Newshub the guide from Fox Glacier Guiding asked how long the pair had been in New Zealand. When they said they had arrived Monday, alarm bells rang in Jewel’s head.

    The couple from Hong Kong were immediately flown off the glacier and met by authorities for an explanation.

    “They’d been told at immigration at their arrival into New Zealand about the self-isolation rules, Maui Campervan who had rented the campervan had also told them,” said Jewel.

    “It was in their documentation with this couple and yet they still ended up in Fox Glacier doing a heli-fight when they should’ve been self-isolating,”

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    Chloroquine.

    Tip: If you got it online, it ain’t chloroquine.

  209. Tel

    I ordered it online and it turned up.

    Sovereign Borders postal inspectors are working from home this week.

  210. BrettW

    KD,
    Good hypothetical but I would substitute President of US mask with Premier of China.

    *Not advocating robbery of locusts. Hypothetical scenario – individual results may vary.
    ^Wearing of Presidents of the United States masks not mandatory but should add both flair and comedy value.

  211. johanna

    Spaminator has definitely gone beserk.

    I have combed my last comment looking for badwords or combinations of badwords – nup, nothing.

    No good releasing comments hours later, as you well know.

  212. Knuckle Dragger

    The NT’s BatFlu population tripled today. From one to three cases, all international travellers.

    Two and Three were identified today.

    Two was a bloke who got in yesterday from Denpasar. Before that he’d come through – get this – Zagreb and Istanbul.

    Three was a chick who came to Darwin from Brisbane, and in turn from the US. Utah, and then via – San Francisco. Like Two, got in yesterday.

    Of course they had BatFlu. It’d be a miracle if they didn’t.

  213. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3366396, posted on March 20, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Chloroquine.

    Tip: If you got it online, it ain’t chloroquine.

    Wonder if the other malaria drugs have the same effect?
    Like Plaquenil, or Malarone etc.

    They are not cheap either when bought privately.

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    There’s no movie about the Premier of China robbing stuff, BrettW.

    Do it that way and you miss out on coolness, telling jokes and reciting Point Break lines.

    Not telling you how to live your life though.

  215. notafan

    KD

    Winnie the Pooh masks would be so much better

  216. Turnip

    Don’t mention Chloroquine as there will be organised busloads hoovering up all supplies to be poated “home.”

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    Yep. Pay Pooh masks as well. Maybe an Eeyore for variety, but just one.

    What’s Bat-ese for ‘hunny’?

  218. shatterzzz

    Didn’t think anything of it when out and about in Fairfield, NSW after swimming, this morning but all the RoP coffee shops with outdoor areas were operating as usual .. no distancing between folks .. just business as usual.

  219. Davey Boy

    Please ignore, this is just a test of the spaminator to see if it spits or swallows progressive pronouns:
    HE/SHE HIM/HER HIS/HER HIS/HERS HIMSELF/HERSELF
    zie zim zir zis zieself
    sie sie hir hirs hirself
    ey em eir eirs eirself
    ve ver vis vers verself
    tey ter tem ters terself
    e em eir eirs emself

  220. Ellie

    Battery flat. Charging.

  221. johanna

    Hitting the pit, a bit of EmmyLou and Steve Earle as a farewell:

  222. Mater

    Small town supermarket raided. Goods stacked in trailer and in cargo hold of bus. Locusts get in bus. Bus leaves town.

    Don’t get to tied up with the buses. They were a late inclusion. First came the individuals and pairs in private vehicles (some with trailers). These only stopped when controls were implemented.

    The shops were EXTREMELY tolerant to this behaviour before taking drastic measures. After all, nothing illegal was happening and at that point most Australians were treating the Kung Flu issue with typical lethargy. It takes a BIG pry bar to make the average Australia panic except the temperature of their beer, but stripped shelves will do it.

    I’ll also add that whilst the shops have been widely praised for implementing controls. They have also been publicly accused of Fascist behaviour by a small element. Odd analogy, I thought.

  223. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s a good thing the footy’s down to 16 minute quarters.

    They’re compensating by making cameramen clamber over 30 rows of seating to retrieve footies kicked into the ‘crowd’.

  224. Mark A

    Steve trickler
    #3366414, posted on March 20, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    “Locked and loaded”

    Funnily, I hear this term used every day, watching greyhound races.

  225. Knuckle Dragger

    A six minute break between posts. It’s official.

    The machine has broken.

  226. Helen

    Weren’t the Japanese trialling a drug on the corona victims? maybe that is why there were not more deaths per infection on the Princess.

  227. Stock standard win Collingwood. Bullflogs not up to the hype. Bontempelli not fit to tie Pendlebury’s boots.

  228. Porter

    I think the Americans have started a human trial for a vaccine, Helen.

  229. Knuckle Dragger

    Completely in line with the cavalcade of spivs and chancers – including arts bodies, the NRL, effete restaurant owners and boomers trapped in countries they were told not to go to trying to get a free shot from gummint – the latest ambit claim (the Hun):

    ‘A prisoner rights body wants criminals sentenced to less than two years and elderly inmates to walk free amid the coronavirus crisis.

    ‘Justice Action has called for Australia’s Attorneys-General to “act immediately” to prevent the condition getting a hold behind prison walls.’

    They’re already in quarantine, you pillocks. In fact, most of the terror merchants infesting the meeja would be better served breaking in and hiding in the laundry.

  230. pete m

    Real stats say death rate is less than 1%.

    My concern is the 5% with severe symptoms and damage it can do.

  231. Knuckle Dragger

    Damn straight, BB. Nine goals.

    The Dogs looked like they’d all contracted – never mind.

  232. Porter

    Two was a bloke who got in yesterday from Denpasar. Before that he’d come through – get this – Zagreb and Istanbul.

    That’s either a j ih a d i trail or a mule run.

  233. Knuckle Dragger

    I think they only thing we haven’t yet seen is the homo lobby claiming BatDeath is caused by rectal jamming, and launching a claim for stacks of cash and oooman rights protected status.

  234. BrettW

    KD,
    My thinking was if the guys to be hypothetically bushwacked are of Chinese appearance then having it done by Xi could be more effective. Plus they might be like me and not get the Point Break aspect.

    However we are of course talking hypothetically.
    “There’s no movie about the Premier of China robbing stuff, BrettW”.

  235. dover_beach

    Real stats say death rate is less than 1%.

    I removed the stats for China earlier from the rest and that suggests approx. 4%.

  236. BrettW

    Is the surname of the Chinese leader a no no as just had a post disappear.

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