Wednesday Forum: April 1, 2020

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    Air hellair.
    Bronze?

  2. Herodotus

    QLD public servants being paid more to vote Labor.

  3. Rex Mango

    Sydney traffic absolutely magic at moment. Getting to work a breeze.

  4. Cassie of Sydney

    “Leigh Lowe
    #3387173, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Jobs lost everywhere, but the Pavlosaurus is still pulling $420k to be CEO of Zero Inc.
    Nice.
    I do hope Izzy sends out a “God’s wrath” tweet.

    Pavlosaurus” always good to have a laugh early in the morning. Thanks LL.

  5. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #3387174, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

    All RA board directors have agreed to defer their director’s fees.

    And keep in mind these are the people who pursued Israel Folau around the codes and the world in the hope of preventing him from getting another job in the sport he loves.

    Because he quoted verses from the Bible in a Tweet.

    The days of a corporate Rugger structure are gone.
    It will go back to being a semi-professional sport run by a voluntary board with minimal management on permanent staff.
    No-one will be pulling $800k to run the tiny outfit it will become.

  6. Tom

    Such a great cartoon, Doomlord! Thanks — and thanks for the Cat: such a rarity in a police state.

  7. Mother Lode

    Notice the Australian flags in Leak’s cartoon are flying backwards?

    A lot of punch in that detail. Everything is running back to front.

  8. Cassie of Sydney

    “The days of a corporate Rugger structure are gone.
    It will go back to being a semi-professional sport run by a voluntary board with minimal management on permanent staff.
    No-one will be pulling $800k to run the tiny outfit it will become.”

    Yep..and maybe that is a good thing…another silver lining that emanates from this China virus.

  9. Boambee John

    Spent too much time typing this to leave it lost on the old thread.

    Gab and notafan, thanks for your responses over there.

    Received our first Woolworths seniors assist home delivery this morning.

    As Lizzie commented, navigating their website can be a challenge at first, but that should become easier with practice. The delivery is in a five hour bracket, we ended up with 0500 to1000. We had a text last night to confirm our delivery would occur, and a text shortly before arrival. The real pain was having to be up before 0500 to be ready, the actual delivery was around 0645.

    The only things we missed out on were toilet paper (surprise) and kitchen paper. What we have noticed is the disappearance of Kleenex and Sorbent paper products grom Woolworths. Only Quilton or generic brands now seem to be available.

    Have others noticed this? If so, I suspect that the manufacturers might have big (and higher priced) contracts with somewhere else. No prize for guessing! This could be a result of Woolworths’ practice of screwing down what they pay suppliers, thus causing them to look elsewhere for more profitable contracts. Coles might be having similar problems.

  10. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Just watched Peter Stefanovic on Sky interviewing (more like a fireside chat with a mate) some dill (Australian, ex-war correspondent) who’s been on the network over the past few months as an “Expert!!!” on US politics. Whenever I’ve seen him, he always looks like he’s half cut.

    Today, the discussion was about NY’s current China Pestilence status. The conversation turned next to the governor – Andrew Cuomo.

    According to your man on the ground, Cuomo is displaying all the qualities of a president in waiting, especially his ability to instil hope and confidence to the sad, downtrodden, terror-instilled populace. This led into a comment from Stefanovic that Cuomo’s demeanour was in sharp contrast to the current President – no mention of his name – and who’s attitude was its antithesis.

    And no mention of Trump’s presser and Q&A with that idiot and all-round sh1t-stirrer Jim Acosta, which we’ve all seen courtesy of Steve Kates. I fully expected a foreshadowing of the 2nd coming to unfold before our eyes with possible corona/halo effect to push the point. All CNN fake news playbook and clear and unrivalled bias.

    On that performance Stefanovic has to go.

  11. notafan

    I’d be very surprised if sorbet etc were now shipping stock offshore and leaving Australia in short supply.

  12. Confused Old Misfit

    UNEXPECTEDLY: L.A. Bureaucrats Shut Down Restaurants for Selling Groceries Without a Permit. “You cannot just decide you want to sell groceries,” said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.

  13. Herodotus

    Neil Young releases Homegrown Heartache 46 years later because back then it was too painful.
    There is a place in North Ontario, all his chord changes were there.

  14. Shy Ted

    Did Greg Combet and Sally McManus really advise ScoMoron on the $1500 free money debacle or was that just an early April Fool?

  15. Mother Lode

    There are billboards and screens all over the place telling us that we must ‘keep two arms lengths’.

    Try ‘two-arms length’ or ‘two arm lengths’.

    To busy rounding up neighbours talking over the fence to proofread, I suppose.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Top Ender

    #3387228, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Around 140 staff members at Rugby Australia

    Who knew?

    What a joke.

    Indeed.
    A classic Federal-State set up, with lots of club and state riles duplicated at HQ.
    No doubt the job specs are packed with words like “liaise” and “facilitate” and “enable” and “monitor”.
    Actual doing work words would be thin on the ground.

  17. Roger

    There is a place in North Ontario, all his chord changes were there.

    I see what you did there, H. 🙂

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Mother Lode

    #3387231, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:40 am

    There are billboards and screens all over the place telling us that we must ‘keep two arms lengths’.

    I predict that thalidomide victims will be very susceptible to Kung Flu.

  19. Roger

    …another silver lining that emanates from this China virus.

    That’s the spin RA is putting on it but the truth is the game was heading in this direction before the virus impacted.

  20. Roger

    Two’s company, three is a covid.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    That’s the spin RA is putting on it but the truth is the game was heading in this direction before the virus impacted.

    In some respects it has saved the Vicar of Rugby’s spinnaker clad arse.
    RA weren’t going to get any broadcast deal of any value so the axe was falling anyway.
    The Kung Flu has just disguised it.

  22. Fisky

    https://mobile.twitter.com/anthonytao/status/1245027900018929666

    Anthony Tao
    @anthonytao
    China’s having a real “No dogs and no foreigners allowed” moment.

    A friend walked into a bar in Beijing tonight only to be denied service and handed this sheet of paper:

  23. Snoopy

    This is what happens when irresponsible, incompetent governments don’t ban the sale of kitchen utensils to reduce the risk of domestic violence during this stressful time.

  24. Robber Baron

    Happy April Fools day everyone.

    My wife still thinks we are a democracy…lol

  25. Leigh Lowe

    From Snoopy’s link:-

    An elderly Sydney man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly attacked a 72-year-old woman with a meat tenderiser and assaulted another man.

    The woman’s condition is described as rare.

  26. Boambee John

    notafan
    #3387225, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:36 am
    I’d be very surprised if sorbet etc were now shipping stock offshore and leaving Australia in short supply.

    A few years ago, I would have shared your confidence. Now? Probably not.

  27. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Josh says we need a coordinated hibernation for the world’s economy – can you imagine that! Is this Bob Brown’s UN world government, all green new deal coming this way.

    Were Josh’s “big idea” to gain traction with the big economies, the smaller ones will jump into the life boat with no delay, I can see a quick rush to get out the door to gain the upper hand once, if ever, economic activity recovers.

    On a more realistic note, we’ve just seen all the ‘joy and understanding’ of the EU thrown out the door as EU signatories move quickly to close borders with each other, deny help to partners and rediscover the basis of good government – the nation state and its citizens. Josh, I think you’ve missed that boat, if only because of Trump!

  28. notafan

    I’m very confident John.

    I see sorbent trucks on the road.

    Helps that they are not far from me.

  29. notafan

    Flu killed 34,000 in the US in 2019.

    900 in Australia- and we are not yet in flu season.

    We are still well placed.

    Putting nursing homes in lockdown makes sense.

    I know ex mil’s is. No visitors and an introduction to the world of Skype

    coronavirus compared seasonal flu in the US death rates

  30. Bar Beach Swimmer

    In some respects it has saved the Vicar of Rugby’s spinnaker clad arse.
    RA weren’t going to get any broadcast deal of any value so the axe was falling anyway.
    The Kung Flu has just disguised it.

    Leigh, even so, we and they know it to be true. And something else, Qantas is up to its neck in the Chinese Pestilence so no help and no job for “Our Raylene” from that quarter.

  31. I see sorbent trucks on the road.
    On the way to the airport.

  32. twostix

    Italy, Spain, New York!!!!

    The mystery of the true coronavirus death rate

    Italy, Covid-19 is listed as the cause of death even if a patient was already ill and died from a combination of illnesses.

    “Only 12 per cent of death certificates have shown a direct causality from coronavirus,” said the scientific adviser to Italy’s minister of health last week.

    Spain’s national government simply lists how many people with confirmed cases of coronavirus have died and provides no extra information on any other medical conditions.

    🤣

    You dunces.

  33. Boambee John

    notafan
    #3387278, posted on April 1, 2020 at 10:03 am
    I’m very confident John.

    I see sorbent trucks on the road.

    Helps that they are not far from me.

    Thanks nota, perhaps we are a bit far along the supply chain.

  34. Mother Lode

    The woman’s condition is described as rare.

    Ha!

    Well done, LL.

  35. Flu killed 34,000 in the US in 2019.

    So Trump is expecting COVID-19 to be minimum three times as deadly as the flu. And up to 65 times as deadly.

  36. twostix

    Let’s definitively destroy out way of life based on untested death figures from the most corrupt, incompetent leftwing countries in Europe – which are suspiciously miles out of line with everyone else in the world.

    Let’s lend them some money while we’re at it – their published GDP figures are looking great this year – they promise!

  37. twostix

    100,000 people aren’t going to die from Coronavirus in America, m0nty.

    They might have – but then you got involved.

    So they’re safe now.

    The world owes you a lot m0nty!

  38. Herodotus

    Two’s company, three is a covid.
    Roger, I’m covfefe-ing that!

  39. BorisG

    Unlike many other states, NY has tested many people – about 200,000, similar to Australia. But unlike Australia, it found about 30% infected with the virus (1-2 % in Australia). Not sure who they test, but it looks like the entire NYC will be infected soon. Deaths in NY currently doubling in 3 days.

    A major catastrophy is unfolding in the world’s most iconic city.

    https://covidtracking.com/data/state/new-york/

    Not s joke unfortunately. Don’t feel like joking today.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Oh no!

    A 95 year old has died.

  41. BorisG

    Other states will be mad not to close the borders with NY.

  42. Old School Conservative

    RA weren’t going to get any broadcast deal of any value so the axe was falling anyway.

    Let’s sum up.
    2019 – massive flop at the World Cup, coaching disputes, internal arguments publicly aired at an official function, and a $9 million loss for the year.
    2020 – predicted $120 million loss of revenue, 75% of staff temoparily axed, reliant on Govt funding to keep some staff on reduced hours, no communication to players’ union.
    And Raelene gets paid $420,000 this year despite all those failures.
    I could fail just as badly for half the money.

  43. Infidel Tiger

    New York is a filthy, over crowded city run by a demented leftist administration who until a fortnight ago was encouraging everyone to behave exactly as normal.

    Comparing normal places to these vile over crowded hellholes is despicable.

    Never before has suburbia been more important. No one is dying in the suburbs and fields, only those couped up in dog boxes.

  44. notafan

    You are right about new York IT.

    New Jersey is running much the same way.

    It’s logical and expected that crowded unsanitary places are being hardest hit.

  45. Rex Mango

    Frank Elly on ABC RN was comparing grey nomads to the cruise ships as COVID19 vectors. Frank also reckons grey nomads strip regional supermarkets of supplies. ABC fanning this medieval type parochialism, of go back to where you came from. Yet, they would never say that other new arrivals.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    Look where the deaths are.

    Overcrowded cruise ships, planes, nursing homes and hospitals.

    No one is catching this in parks or at the beach and yet what do the fascist overlords demand?

  47. Cassie of Sydney

    Don’t feel like joking today”

    Perhaps, crank, you could refrain from posting today.

  48. JC

    Fan

    NJ is the most spread out large populated state in the courty. The entire state are burbs after burbs.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Woman, 90, dies from coronavirus in Belgium after refusing a ventilator and telling doctors: ‘I had a good life, keep this for the younger’

    Suzanne Hoylaerts, 90, was hospitalised after suffering respiratory issues
    She selflessly refused a ventilator and died from COVID-19 two days later

    Daily Mail.

  50. calli

    Frank also reckons grey nomads strip regional supermarkets of supplies.

    Sounds truthy. Problem with that theory is the way store inventories are now set up.

    The chains and even some of the smaller independents know exactly how much to order for peak times like holidays and GN migrations and what lines are popular.

    One of the problems with the shelf stripping of recent days involving busloads of reavers is that the inventories and warehouse picking had to be recalibrated.

    Some of these commentators need to get out more. Oh, that’s right. Now they have an excuse for their idiocy.

  51. Anne

    Ten days of darkness.

    Archive offline.

  52. stackja

    NY voters keep electing leftists expecting a different outcome.

  53. Shy Ted

    From the old fred but absolutely right –
    Howard Hill #3387004, posted on April 1, 2020 at 3:27 am
    Someone said manbuns were trying to buy fire arms. I wonder if they succeeded. Bet they didn’t.
    When I first went out bush I was horrified at the reality of what went on but there was a lot of “toughen up, Ted” and I did. But out bush is a long way from pollie and MSM central which is a shame.
    I think the first course of action for Joe Blow is to not pay your rates. The frontliners tasked with dealing with these things won’t like it and it very quickly goes up the chain to the mega-salaried. If people en masse did this the effect would be very real, very local and near immediate. “I have no money now thanks to government action and that includes you at the council. Perhaps you could all take pay cuts”.
    Local councils cannot survive without that income. And in the end, what are they going to do to 100s or 1000s of ratepayers?

  54. BorisG

    Infidel Tiger
    #3387333, posted on April 1, 2020 at 10:35 am
    New York is a filthy, over crowded city run by a demented leftist administration who until a fortnight ago was encouraging everyone to behave exactly as normal.

    Just a few days ago you said in NY it is all under control. Please own it.

  55. Infidel Tiger

    Fan

    NJ is the most spread out large populated state in the courty. The entire state are burbs after burbs

    Unfortunately so many of it’s people work in New York and have daily contact with that filth.

    Sad.

    If they had sealed state borders they’d be home free.

  56. Dr Faustus

    Riles = roles.

    Roles = riles.
    Right first time.

  57. BorisG

    New Jersey is running much the same way.

    New Jersey is mostly suburbia.

  58. feelthebern

    BorisG, you should know that they are now stacking bodies in Martin Place.
    At least a 1000.
    Burnings begin at 11.

  59. calli

    Ahahahah!

    An April 1st story, finally!

    It is, isn’t it?

  60. Cassie of Sydney

    When does BolshevikG own anything…oh that’s right….he doesn’t!

  61. Scott Lotto

    When the dust settles which country will grant Scotty asylum?

    ☐ Bolivia
    ☐ China
    ☐ North Korea
    ☐ Iran
    ☐ Afghanistan
    ☐ Ecuador
    ☐ Senegal
    ☐ New Zealand

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Just a few days ago you said in NY it is all under control. Please own it.

    I said the health system was coping and that’s true. It’s coping very well. We know lefties like you and Monty are hoping for death every night, and maybe you will get it, but just know this: you are sick xunts.

    Also you have also claimed many times on this website to have friends, so please remove the log from thine own eye.

  63. 100,000 people aren’t going to die from Coronavirus in America, m0nty.

    Trump said so, it must be true.

  64. feelthebern

    Infidel Tiger King, are you patrolling the shoreline?
    We need to ensure they don’t sneak those Rotnest infectees to the mainland.

  65. Herodotus

    How To Deal With The Looming Huge National Debt:

    IPA says we need to become more productive, look at industrial relations, and reduce taxes.

    Grattan Institute says close tax loopholes, wind back superannuation concessions, increase land taxes, reintroduce death duties.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    I might change my name to that Bern.

  67. Anne

    “We’re gonna start seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel…

    As we approach that really important day, we’re gonna see things get better, all of a sudden.

    It’s going to be like a burst of LIGHT”
    ~ President Donald J Trump

    “Dark to LIGHT.”

    Trump is talking about bringing the children out of the underground bases.

  68. feelthebern

    Why do they keep showing Elmhurst hospital footage?
    There’s a dozen better places you’d prefer to end up before that dump.

  69. Infidel Tiger

    Shannon Deery
    @s_deery
    Premier
    @DanielAndrewsMP
    has clarified that couples who do not live together shouldn’t be seeing each other. “If you don’t need to do it, don’t do it. I know I’m asking a lot, but it is a price worth paying. It’s going to save lives”. #springst
    7:27 AM · Apr 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

    How awesome is this!?

    A return to traditional values!

  70. BorisG

    I said the health system was coping and that’s true. It’s coping very well.

    It is not coping well at all. They set a tent hospital in Central Park, had to beg for the ship hospital, treat people in corridors already, and the death toll is doubling every 3 days.

    Every sane state government should shut the state borders with NY immediately. Trump wanted to quarantine 3 states but then backed down saying it won’t be necessary (after ‘discussion with the states’). The state governor behaving like CCP saying border controls are bad. States should ignore him.

  71. feelthebern

    Iowahawk hasn’t responded (yet) to a tweet of Exotic Joe drinking from a Iowa University coffee cup.

  72. Top Ender

    Then again:

    “You cannot just decide you want to sell groceries,” said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.

    presumably translates to:

    “You can just decide you want to sell live on the streets, defecate everywhere, and throw discarded needles everywhere,” said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County Public Health.

  73. Peter the old fossil

    The chains and even some of the smaller independents know exactly how much to order for peak times like holidays and GN migrations and what lines are popular.

    I spent some time in one of Rio’s smaller mining towns in the Pilbara, Calli. The arrival of the grey nomads was viewed as one of the biggest commercial events of the year. The three or four shops, including the supermarket, got in extra stock, and the bottle shop at the pub had their best trading period of the year. All up it lasted about four to six weeks.

  74. Dr Faustus

    IPA says we need to become more productive, look at industrial relations, and reduce taxes.

    Grattan Institute says close tax loopholes, wind back superannuation concessions, increase land taxes, reintroduce death duties.

    Which of these options is going to appeal most to a government culture energised by Big State, with a painful woodie for direct action and the thrill of pulling forbidden levers?

    We’re all in this together, you know.

  75. feelthebern

    Boris, if you see a cloud of smoke over the Sydney CBD, you know what it is.
    The clock just struck 11.

  76. feelthebern

    To prepare for the next stage of the Madness of Dan Andrews, I recommend you re-read The Scarlet Letter.

  77. feelthebern

    JC, if you had the choice, which NY hospital would you prefer to end up at?
    I’ll then look up footage of that place & compare to the non-stop Elmhurst “hospital” footage.

  78. Old School Conservative

    The ministry also urged women to dress up and wear makeup while working from home.

    Thanks calli.
    Oh for the good old days.

  79. John Comnenus

    My prediction from just after the 22 March SCOMO initiated mass unemployment event was that SCOMO will be unelectable within a month. So let’s say I am predicting that by ANZAC Day SCOMO will be the most hated man in Australia.

    I am now confident this will be the case because Peter Van Wrongselen has just written that SCOMO finally became an effective PM. Let’s call test my hypothesis to see if it is a confirmed VOKOD event (Van Onselen Kiss Of Death). All VOKOD events are unintended.

  80. Gab

    Infidel Tiger King

    Sounds Chinese.

  81. Dr Faustus

    The NY Central Park overflow hospital might have been set up in two days and be state of the art, but it is apparently completely unfit for purpose. Backlash.

    Because of anti-LGBTQ comments made in the past by Samaritan’s Purse’s founder, Franklin Graham, however, the group has faced backlash over the field hospital. .

    New York state senator Brad Hoylman posted a statement Monday night to his verified Twitter account in which he called on Graham “to publicly assure LGBTQ New Yorkers that they will receive the same treatment as anyone else at the Central Park field hospital.”

    In New York, there are worse things than dying from coronavirus.

  82. feelthebern

    So 20 dead.
    5 (or is it 6) from the one cluster at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Sydney.
    What the fvck are they doing there?

  83. Fat Tony

    Whitlam set the ball rolling.
    Fraser (Lib) did nothing to undo Whitlam’s damage.
    Howard (Lib) disarmed the Autralian people.
    Howard (Lib) brought in most of the green RE b/s & middle class welfare
    Morrison (Lib) has destroyed the Australian economy & is turning Aust into a police state.

    Now, tell me – why is LNP referred to as Labor-Lite?
    Labor should be referred to as LNP-Lite

  84. John Comnenus

    That cartoon is the start point of SCOMOs journey from Hero to Zero. I doubt he will realise it.

    Best thing he can do is undo the 22 March measures to let people go back to work. Unfortunately, even when we do relax the rules, employers will have a very strong incentive to keep revenue to below 30% to keep the cash rolling in from Government.

    The measures will ensure a slower economic reboot and the Government will lack the balls to go hard.

  85. Stop lying troll; and FOAD.

    Here’s a novel idea.
    Identify a discrete geographical location and fly all those who don’t want to observe the Covid 19 advice to that place.
    Seal it off.
    Let them do their own thing for six months.
    Let them out at the end after appropriate quarantine measures.
    Count the survivors.
    instructions to FOAD would, by this time, be redundant.
    Fraser Island’s nice this time of year, and the Tailor run from August to September.

  86. Mater

    1735099
    #3387092, posted on April 1, 2020 at 8:01 am

    That’s because the hospitals are not being over run, the coronavirus is a cold virus and no one is dying from it.

    Which, at this stage, has a lot to do with the fact that governments in this country are controlling social behaviour. It’s not rocket science – we’re dealing with a virus which is c-o-n-t-a-g-i-o-u-s. Look it up.

    If our curve is flattening and the death rate is not spiralling out of control, let’s not fall for the “Look! It’s working” bullshit.

    We were told relentlessly that the dangerous thing about this virus was that it had a two week lead time. Yet, when everything is under control, the draconian measures introduced just in the last week, are given credit for saving us.

    The question really is, what measures were in place two weeks ago?

  87. rickw

    100,000 people aren’t going to die from Coronavirus in America, m0nty.

    Trump said so, it must be true.

    If they get treatment with Hydroxychloroqine up and running it will be true.

  88. Infidel Tiger

    So 20 dead.
    5 (or is it 6) from the one cluster at the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Sydney.
    What the fvck are they doing there

    For a start they are employing Chinese guest workers.

    Still, more people died in that fire lit in a ursine home by the gay Chinaman than have died so far.

  89. For Scott Lotto, I’m choosing Bolivia.

  90. areff

    Personally, the biggest concern about the Xi virus has been the impact it will have on the RoP’s adherents, who always suffer most, as we all know.

    Fortunately we have the ABC to detail the faithfuls’ unique suffering

  91. John Comnenus

    Fat Tony,

    Think of it this way. The ALP ratchet up the spending to a new level and the Libs put a chock in under the new high ALP can return to ratcheting up the spending again.

    Even Abbott was useless on this front.

    The cure of our current crisis will be the cause of the next crisis. The economic financial crisis to come from the idiocy of the SCOMO measures are pretty straight forward and predictable.

  92. Infidel Tiger

    Nursing not ursine

  93. John Comnenus

    For Scott Lotto I am predicting NZ that way he can still go to the footy to see the Sharks once a year.

  94. vlad

    The Sarah Ferguson show last night was, I now see, only episode 2.

    The big twist “sting in the tail” ending is supposed to come at the end of episode 3.

    How tiresome.

  95. rickw

    Someone said manbuns were trying to buy fire arms. I wonder if they succeeded. Bet they didn’t.

    Manbuns had just got his license and was putting down $ on a Tikka T3.

    Manbuns probably didn’t get his rifle thanks to the 30 day cooling off period and Dictator Dan’s ban, although it would have been a near run thing.

  96. Trump said so, it must be true.

    Now that is an event worth noting.
    Trump telling the truth, that is.

  97. John Comnenus, you make it sound as if he will be able to choose one.

  98. bespoke

    One of the campaign’s posters depicts a man sitting on a sofa, and said women should refrain from being “sarcastic” if they need help with household chores.

    Avoid nagging your husband, another poster said, but instead use humour or imitate the infantile voice of Doraemon, a blue robot cat from Japan that is hugely popular across Asia.

    The ministry also urged women to dress up and wear makeup while working from home.

    I’m so glad DcBG found some thing to-do writing fantasy stories for other INCELS. 😎

  99. feelthebern

    I have colleagues with decent investments in Colombia.
    They reckon the cliches are very wide of the mark.

  100. Eyrie

    Scomoron is a political liability as soon as the fake “emergency” is over. The SFL need to politically execute him then and heap the blame for the smoldering wreckage of the Australian economy on him.
    A man operating several levels above his level of competence.

  101. Oh come on

    ‘I’m going nuts right now’: Our tiny house dream has soured in lockdown

    Bwahahhahaha smug arseholes getting hoist by their own petard never fails to amuse

  102. John Comnenus

    Incoherent, I am optimistic Ardern will help out.

  103. Diogenes

    Notice the Australian flags in Leak’s cartoon are flying backwards?

    A lot of punch in that detail. Everything is running back to front.

    Have you spotted the little pin obscuring part of the 1st o on his name in the poster. Looks like Scumo, which is what I have been calling him since Wuhan locked down, and ‘he’ let that last flight land. I knew in my gut this would turn to shit very quickly.

    Many otherwise law abiding, and respectfu of , and sympathetic towards police, citizens are starting to bite back. Mrs D has just come from a shopping trip to get ingredients for tonights dinner and said she heard a very well dressed lady of ‘a certain age’ walk pass a policewoman and out of the blue called her scum.

  104. Prime Minister approval ratings.

    Approve: 1*
    Disapprove: 99%
    Don’t know: 1%

    * not a percentage

  105. John Comnenus

    Serious question.

    The government has known for months that we had 2200 ICU beds available able to be scaled up to 4500. So to overwhelm the system there would have to be evidence that the ICU cases were going to exceed about 2500 cases. I would hazard a guess that at no time did Australia look like it would exceed this threshold.

    Is it possible for companies and individuals to join a class action against the Commonwealth for their reckless negligence in overreacting with the 22 March lockdown provisions which fundamentally destroyed many businesses?

    Any ideas from the lawyers out there?

  106. woolfe

    629 deaths in Oz attributable to flu in 2019. Pitchfork time yet?

  107. Pitchfork time yet?

    Slow up I’m still sharpening the scythe.

  108. JC

    Bern

    Mt Sinai or the Lennox Hill. Both really good. The huge ones are like rabbit holes.

  109. The question really is, what measures were in place two weeks ago?

    Two weeks ago was March 18.
    Check the ABC News archive for that date.
    Headlines include Corona virus containment cuts deep, Catholic masses suspended but services still being streamed online, and Woolworths CEO says shoppers should only buy what they need.
    Looks like the measures put in place back then are beginning to take effect.
    That was before the boat that wasn’t stopped, turned up, of course.
    No doubt, in line with your “relax the rules” mantra, you’d be quite OK with letting carriers on these floating petri dishes loose in the community.
    It’s becoming a problem for the US Navy.

  110. John Comnenus

    SCOMO hatred lotto.

    SCOMO to be unelectable by:

    1 April
    10 April
    20 April
    ANZAC Day
    May Day
    June
    July
    Later date

  111. vlad

    SCOMO to be unelectable by:

    1 April
    10 April
    20 April
    ANZAC Day
    May Day
    June
    July
    Later date

    31 March.

  112. SCOMO to be unelectable by: March 24, 2020

  113. Mater

    Mrs D has just come from a shopping trip to get ingredients for tonights dinner and said she heard a very well dressed lady of ‘a certain age’ walk pass a policewoman and out of the blue called her scum.

    In our rural area, they are curb crawling the roads, looking for victims.
    Among law abiding people, they have quickly morphed into an entirety to be hidden from, a prowling predator, if you will.

    It’s not going to end well and will leave a nasty stain and enduring suspicion on law enforcement agencies for a long time.

  114. Eyrie

    “It’s not going to end well and will leave a nasty stain and enduring suspicion on law enforcement agencies for a long time.”

    It should have done so a long time ago. The Gang in Blue.

  115. John Comnenus

    Agencies we have recently lost faith in:

    Parliament
    Media
    Churches
    Bureau of Meteorology
    Universities
    Academics

    COVID will reinforce most of these but we can shortly add

    Doctors
    Hospitals
    Health Departments
    Police

  116. ScoMo became unelectable when the bushfires raged. He has been trying to save face by becoming er, tough. Bit of hatred out there.

  117. On the bright side.

    Destruction of the two party system.
    Destruction of the LNP and ALP.

    To be replaced by a dictator with 7 assistant dictators.

  118. lotocoti

    How embarrassment.
    Monday arvo the power went out.
    Assuming the worst, I decided to act quickly, before the tattooed people across the road
    became warlords in the dystopian hellscape to come.
    Later the electricity came back, but not the interwebs,
    reinforcing the validity of my swift stroke and resolute action.
    Now I find out there was a line break in the NBN, unrelated to the outage.
    Does anyone want some sausages?
    I have rather a lot.

  119. Diogenes

    Is it possible for companies and individuals to join a class action against the Commonwealth for their reckless negligence in overreacting with the 22 March lockdown provisions which fundamentally destroyed many businesses?

    Any ideas from the lawyers out there?

    IANAL but none of the actions other than borders has been by the Feds so coming at them under the “takings” clause is a waste of time. Each state is doing this under their various emergency and /or public health (or both) legislation, and they have cleverly indemnified themselves. seeS pencer v Commonwealth of Australia [2010] HCA 28 241 CLR 118; 84 ALJR 612; 269 ALR 233 1 Sep 2010

    Practice and procedure – Federal Court of Australia – Summary judgment – Application by respondent to dismiss proceedings summarily under s 31A(2) of Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) – Applicant claimed New South Wales legislation, said to be enacted pursuant to informal arrangements with Commonwealth, effected an acquisition of property other than on just terms – Applicant sought …

    Maybe some WHS claims re mental health, but as the State is not an employer of those it ordered unemployed…

  120. Mater

    Two weeks ago was March 18.

    Take it back as far as you want, Bob. At no point have we looked like losing control, so the draconian measures introduced in the last week, are politically motivated, economy destroying window dressing.

    Common sense was doing the job.

  121. It’s not going to end well and will leave a nasty stain and enduring suspicion on law enforcement agencies for a long time.

    No more or less than how the plod are regarded now, when they enforce traffic rules.
    Generally, they’re held in high regard because they haven’t yet become a paramilitary force in the same way as they have in the USA. Bush coppers are generally respected especially if they get involved in community life.
    And the “adopted cops” in the schools I ran were always popular. I’m still in contact with some of them.
    And these days they work at acting in an even handed manner with minorities, much to the chagrin of many who post here.

  122. Mater

    No more or less than how the plod are regarded now, when they enforce traffic rules.

    Yes, prowling the neighbourhood ensuring no one exits their home or talks to their neighbours, is almost identical to handing out a fines to people who know they were breaking the law.

    In your younger days, you’d have been rolling marbles under their horses feet, no?

  123. vlad

    12.04 pm. No more foolery.

  124. twostix

    In your younger days, you’d have been rolling marbles under their horses feet, no?

    Exactly.

    Look very carefully at who is on whose side during this.

    Suddenly all the old anti-establishment “liberals” and commies are all for the most vast and breathtaking expansion of power and repression of our people since old Colonial governors were running the place.

    Weird right?

    Because they are the establishment. The APS and beucracy and technocratic class is them.

  125. bespoke

    In your younger days, you’d have been rolling marbles under their horses feet, no?

    No he would watched from a distance and written about of bravery years and yeas later.

  126. feelthebern

    Well I cant find any recent footage on Mount Sinai.
    I’m sure that is the other end of the spectrum from Elmhurst.
    I was reading last night Elmhurst is where they take Rikers Island inmates if their hospital can’t handle it.
    So that means that the Elmhurst footage they keep showing is deliberately bad.

  127. gary

    There are of course many negatives to the current world events, so I tried to think of some good that can come out of this and thought of these:
    1. Large scale privatisation of existing assets to pay down the massive debt.
    2. Improved student outcomes from learning at home
    3. Greater distrust of government. The government works for the public not vice versa.
    4. People realising that the public (all of us) can be and are manipulated to panic for nothing on a range of issues. Attempts made to build defences against manipulation.
    5. Greater social cohesion. Regardless of the need to put 1+million out of work, most thoughts were for those affected and how they can be helped. That is a big plus for Australia.
    6. The death toll from Covid 19 looks like it will be much lower than the modelling predicted. There appears to be no evidence of outbreaks in third world countries. Australia will likely have a death toll in double figures. Young people generally not affected, very young don’t even show symptoms.
    7. Most people who die climbing Mt Everest die on the way down from the summit, so a clear path out of this mess will greatly reduce the harm caused.
    8. Discussion of end of life health costs.
    9. Greater awareness of living a healthly life style.
    10. Social distancing becoming the norm.
    11. The importance of having savings being acknowledged, and hopefully the many disincentives to savings (e.g. inflation – a 3%-5% annual wealth tax on saving) being removed.
    12. The “debt doesn’t matter” people may be proved wrong.

  128. vlad

    The Age today is screaming “50 new cases today”.

    It was 96 new cases yesterday; they don’t seem to realise only 50 today is good news.

  129. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Yesterday and today I went to the beach for a swim. Police on the beach both days. Today, I was sitting on a bench on my own, just drying off when an employee from the coffee shop came over and said I needed to leave the area.

    I told her what I was doing but she replied that the virus could be on the seating and tables and that the police want all the fixed seating to be roped off. She said the police were not happy with the people in that general area. The front area of the coffee shop can be seen when you’re in the water; there were 3 people up there, all well away from each other but they were obviously being directed by the police to move on.

  130. Diogenes

    No more or less than how the plod are regarded now, when they enforce traffic rules.

    Yes one is angry at the time, but one can see the sense of a lot of the traffic laws, but this is beginning to feel different.
    On one of Mrs D’s FB groups, who are all much older than her , and she is nearly 60, fall into 2 camps, the minority little mice – eg ‘don’t put your nose outside the front door in case you you get the disease’, and the vast majority who are stating that the govt is overreacting and the new rules are ridiculous.

    Over the last 2 weeks many of the mice have moved into the ridiculous camp, especially as they are seeing their children & grandchildren lose jobs and businesses, and their lives are being ruined as well. Random posts from a lot of Mrs D’s other and younger friends are angry at the govt & police(not helped by police cars clearing out parks). Photos of Galdys with the toothbrush moustache are starting to make the rounds, with comments like “we have to stay in our homes but remember the Ruby Princess” attached, or “last night I went to sleep in Australia, this morning I woke up in (insert name of dictatorship) ”

    The girls are trying to support another member of the group (they used to meet in person 3 mornings a week of exercise & coffee & talk) who is now openly talking about suicide, because of the terrible pain she is suffering in her back, she was supposed to have had it operated on 2 days ago.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    New fred, new fred, grump grump grump.

    Time was when we had only one thread per week and lots of room for rambling and cogitating on it.

    I know, I know, things were always better in the good old days. Pace of change and all that.

  132. twostix

    Five minutes ago, even right now Numbers will tell you that no government has the power, or even moral right to detain foreign people illegally crossing our border offshore.

    But why yes of course citizens can be mass imprisoned by the government in our houses for an undetermined amount of time and imprisoned for walking out the front gate based on a single person’s say-so.

    That’s straight down the line lawful, moral and A-OK!

    We see you.

  133. twostix

    On one of Mrs D’s FB groups, who are all much older than her , and she is nearly 60, fall into 2 camps, the minority little mice – eg ‘don’t put your nose outside the front door in case you you get the disease’, and the vast majority who are stating that the govt is overreacting and the new rules are ridiculous.

    In 2020 about 30% of the population are little hitler snitch suckholes.

    Up from about 15% in 1990 and 10% in 1980.

    This is an expert opinion from Science! so it’s true.

  134. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am really missing coffee catch ups with my girlfriends. And lunches, luvely long lunches.

    And the associated exercise. Women like to exercise (dance in my case) in groups.
    A solitary time in the gym is no fun at all. And doing home gym is very tedious indeed.

    I did some yesterday and am aching today, but I won’t tell the health nazis that because they may swoop. The aches are in the predicable muscles, mostly unused for a month now. Otherwise, we are both well.

  135. JC

    Bern

    Sinai is on 5th ave and Lennox is on Park. They won’t be taking Rikers riff raff there. 🙂

  136. John64

    The last time the Libs were booted from office they left a $30 billion war chest for Krudd and Goose Swansteen to piss up against the wall.

    It would seem like they’re determined not to make that mistake again.

  137. Bar Beach Swimmer

    “If you don’t need to do it, don’t do it. I know I’m asking a lot, but it is a price worth paying. It’s going to save lives”.

    How awesome is this!?
    A return to traditional values!

    Actually, IT, when I was swimming this morning I was thinking it was like Turnbull’s pollie & staffer bonk ban, but now extended to the entire non-cohabiting adult population.

  138. In your younger days, you’d have been rolling marbles under their horses feet, no?

    That battle’s been fought and won.
    And as I’m told with monotonous regularity here, that was 50 years ago.

  139. Mater

    And as I’m told with monotonous regularity here, that was 50 years ago.

    And Nazi Germany was demolished 75 years ago, but we still get this:

    1735099
    #3387119, posted on April 1, 2020 at 8:26 am

    It’s interesting to compare the anti-Chinese sentiment that has been a feature of this site since Covid 19 has become an issue, with ant-semitic propaganda which was a feature of Hitler’s Germany in the thirties.

  140. Ed Case

    Bill before the Scottish Parliament seeks to end Jury Trials, have witness statements prerecorded and not subject to cross examination, etc. due to Covid-19 compliance requirements.
    https://off-guardian.org/2020/03/31/scotlands-sinister-covid19-response-s

  141. Diogenes

    This is an expert opinion from Science! so it’s true.

    I am passing on what we are seeing & hearing.
    The govts at all levels are using both the boiling frog & big stick technique at the moment. The frog is now realising it is being boiled alive, but stays in the pot because it is scared of big stick, hoping the temperature doesn’t get worse. At some point, somewhere, someone will do the “fuck this I can’t take it anymore” and it will be on for young and old.

    I notice the opposition at Federal & state level is being very quiet, and on the entire news & “special covid” broadcasts this week , NSW opposition MIA totally, and only a very short sound bite of Fed Alp spokespeople , not supporting, but “remember the workers”. Unlike the “national coalition” in Germany which is made up all parties, they are being very careful not to be splatterd with any of the shit.

    I can already see the ALPs campaign graphic the next NW state election – Photo of Ruby Princess , + choose any one of – centrelink queues, police car almost running over sunbather in park, police fining solitary swimmers – along with a photo Gladys. Doesn’t need any words!

  142. Today, I was sitting on a bench on my own, just drying off when an employee from the coffee shop came over and said I needed to leave the area.

    The “sitting on the bench” bit is the problem.
    I can’t believe the simple stuff that people either forget or ignore.
    The virus can live on surfaces for a long time.
    That’s why the coffee shop I frequent has removed all their chairs and tables and piled them in a heap so no-one can sit down.
    The place looks like a dance studio – lots of empty space.
    The newspapers have also been removed, as if they’re not there to read, these’s no reason to sit down. You can still buy an excellent takeaway coffee so long as you bring your own container. The barista wears gloves, although I gave my container a cleanup after I took my gloves off, and before I touched the car to get in.
    Having said that, the shop leaves two doors wide open so you don’t have to touch the handles to get in, yet whilst I was waiting for my coffee, a woman came in through the only closed door, and used the handle to open it.
    I thought about politely pointing out the reason the doors were open, but decided to mind my own business.

  143. hzhousewife

    Frank Elly this morning was also harping on about the horror of nursing and medical staff having to deal with infectious patients, “it wasn’t what they signed up for”. Most of them didn’t sign up for doing late-term abortions or killing someone on request either.

  144. Top Ender

    Why DO we get a new thread every day now?

    And how does one tell?

    Unless someone kind puts something in to tell all.

    Mysteries of the universe, such as why does one planet in the solar system spin backward.

  145. EvilElvis

    While flu deaths in children are reported to CDC, flu deaths in adults are not nationally notifiable.

    From the CDC website. They estimate adult flu figures over there probably because it gets older folk and people who have an bigger underlying issue/s.

  146. Some History

    Ohhhh, I see. It was all an April Fool’s prank.

    HA HA HAAAA HAA HAAAA

    … oh, wait…

  147. Zatara

    Italy, Covid-19 is listed as the cause of death even if a patient was already ill and died from a combination of illnesses.

    On the flip side, if I heard a news report correctly just now, the Chinese Ambassador to the US has owned up to Chinese policy which says that Chinese who test positive for C-19 but are asymptomatic aren’t reported as being infected.

    Both of which go a long way towards explaining the mysterious discrepancies in the stats.

  148. And Nazi Germany was demolished 75 years ago, but we still get this:

    Yep – we still get this (November 2019).

    From the link –

    There were 368 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the country in the past year, according to findings released on Monday by the Executive Council of Australian Jew ry (ECAJ).

    NSW had the most incidents with 219 anti-Semitic acts reported, followed by 105 in Victoria, 25 in Queensland and 15 in Western Australia.

  149. notafan

    My takeaway coffee is in a take away container.

    Greenies gotta green

  150. Geriatric Mayfly

    Have been keeping a constant eye on e-Bay for a vendor off-loading cans of Glen 20. Willing to accept both full canisters and any that have lost a few squirts.

  151. And Nazi Germany was demolished 75 years ago, but we still get this:

    Yep – we still get this (November 2019).

    From the link –

    There were 368 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the country in the past year, according to findings released on Monday by the Executive Council of Australian Je w ry (ECAJ).

    NSW had the most incidents with 219 anti-Semitic acts reported, followed by 105 in Victoria, 25 in Queensland and 15 in Western Australia.

  152. areff

    I’ve got a troublesome achilles tendon, which flares up and subsides and for which surgery promises only short-lived and negligible improvement (or so my niece, the doctor, tells me). So, a couple months ago, I tried a kayak, with a view to buying one, in the interests of getting some exercise, shrinking a burgeoning belly, restoring the Adonis-like physique of my youth and, let me be frank, driving women insane with have-me-right-here-right-now lust.

    Today I learn the Victorian government, which is having a grand old time instructing the populace to admire its jackboots, has banned me from paddling about the Bay in splendid isolation, in no danger of contracting or spreading the X-i Flu.

    And Australians, as is our meek way, cop it all without complaint while sheeple bleat on talkback radio about the need to be good Germans and observe whatever latest ridiculous restrictions it is our betters’ passing whim to impose.

    Maintain your rage, nurture it and feed it. There is much to be fixed about this country when this thing is over.

    Our Anzac ancestors, the forebears who endured the Great Depression and WWII, would produce fountains of projectile vomiting at the citizenry of today”s eager submission to mandated inanity.

  153. Mater

    I thought about politely pointing out the reason the doors were open, but decided to mind my own business.

    Seems too far fetched to be true, even in this new COVID19 world.

  154. Gab

    Areff wins comment of the year.

  155. dopey

    They’re pretty smart at tha ABC: “Contracting the flu and coronavirus at the same time could increase complications.”
    Also: “models show up to 240,000 deaths from the virus in the US.” No, models don’t show anything.

  156. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Seems too far fetched to be true, even in this new COVID19 world.

    Pay that one, Mater.

  157. Have been keeping a constant eye on e-Bay for a vendor off-loading cans of Glen 20.

    Plenty of toilet paper being sold on eBay for exorbitant prices.
    Isn’t the market wonderful?

  158. Some History

    areff
    #3387540, posted on April 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    +1

  159. Nick

    Humour from the Guardian:

    Even your friends have become strangely conservative. Checking your Instagram feed, there’s loads of inspirational quotes, videos of people making sourdough bread, others of people planting herb gardens. No one seems to be going out. You feel an absence of Fomo.

    And the government itself has radically and rapidly pivoted – from free-market, neoliberal, conservatives to socialists.

    Under a conservative government, unemployment benefits have doubled. There’s money for Australians who’ve been stood down from their jobs. Scott Morrison is asking landlords not to evict tenants who can’t pay rent. The banks are giving struggling businesses a break from their loans.

    We knew such a widespread pandemic had the capacity to reshape society – but nobody suspected it would quite look like this.

  160. Community service announcement.

    You are now permitted to use the Xi word.

    By order of God-Emperor

  161. Some History

    BREAKING NEWS:

    All public servants will be given a jackboot allowance.

  162. EvilElvis

    They reckon the cliches are very wide of the mark.

    What?!? It’s not overrun with beautiful brown skin girls with booty?

    Sadface

  163. Terry

    @Numbers
    ‘Here’s a novel idea.
    Identify a discrete geographical location and fly all those who don’t want to observe the Covid 19 advice to that place.
    Seal it off.
    Let them do their own thing for six months.
    Let them out at the end after appropriate quarantine measures.
    Count the survivors.’

    Correct Strategy. Wrong Problem.
    Problem #1: “Climate Change™” Hysteria and “Renewables-o-philia”
    * ‘Identify a discrete geographical location’ – Ultimo, Southbank, Manly and Fitzroy sound like very good candidate sites.
    * ‘fly [Ah, no. Activist-drawn carriages will be used] all those who’ [do want “action on Climate Change”] ‘to that place.’
    * ‘Seal it off.’ Indefinitely. No fossil fuels, No nuclear, no plastics. You can build your own windmills and solar panels if you wish – assuming you’d have a clue on where to start. No government jobs, subsidies, hand-outs or any other benefits of a modern society and economy – the very thing you hate so much and have tried to destroy for so long.
    * Let them enjoy the “renewables future-Utopia” today. A real, live snapshot of the hell-hole they’d wished upon the rest of us for so long.
    When they invent the internet they can email us and let us know how it is all going/went.

    Problem #2: You can rinse and repeat the process for anyone that wants to bequeath themselves special legal status and privileges based on race/skin-colour.

    You’re onto something here. So many problems can have the consequences rammed home to those with stupid beliefs in “no consequence” impositions on the rest of us.

  164. Farmer Gez

    Numbers.

    Why do you need to buy takeaway coffee?
    Using your own reusable container is also the most unhygienic method. Who’s to say you’re not transporting C-19 from your house to the shop that many people use.
    Disposable cups straight from the factory are highly unlikely to be contaminated but your sippy cup is highly likely to be fetid.
    Your whole statement on the virus living on surfaces is blown apart by your own actions.

  165. Today I learn the Victorian government, which is having a grand old time instructing the populace to admire its jackboots, has banned me from paddling about the Bay in splendid isolation, in no danger of contracting or spreading the X-i Flu.

    You need to check this out.
    AFAIK the ban applies to congregating – not individual exercise in a kayak or canoe.
    From the Oz –
    “If you want to head out on your kayak or stand up paddle board for exercise, you still can. “State Government boat ramps will remain open”.

  166. Rambler Jackboot Cleaning & Polishing Service.

    Only $40 AUD* for clean and polish.

    * alternatively $5 USD (cash only)

  167. H B Bear

    The Grauniad is right. We are living in a socialist paradise. Getting paid not to work, living rent free and baking sourdough bread.

    Wait till the interest bill hits and someone works out how much tax is needed to pay for it.

  168. Cassie of Sydney

    “There were 368 anti-Semitic incidents reported across the country in the past year, according to findings released on Monday by the Executive Council of Australian Je w ry (ECAJ).

    NSW had the most incidents with 219 anti-Semitic acts reported, followed by 105 in Victoria, 25 in Queensland and 15 in Western Australia.”

    A good eighty percent of these incidents are committed by the Turd’s favourite religion.

  169. bespoke

    Rang my youngest on his day off to see if he needs some company and restocking of TP, sorry dad mates are coming over, all good son cya soon.

    Life is good.

  170. Crossie

    Mother Lode
    #3387231, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:40 am
    There are billboards and screens all over the place telling us that we must ‘keep two arms lengths’.

    Try ‘two-arms length’ or ‘two arm lengths’.

    To busy rounding up neighbours talking over the fence to proofread, I suppose.

    Whatever makes you think they know the difference?

  171. Crossie

    Roger
    #3387244, posted on April 1, 2020 at 9:46 am
    Two’s company, three is a covid.

    Very droll.

  172. Cassie of Sydney

    “Your whole statement on the virus living on surfaces is blown apart by your own actions.”

    Funny that.

  173. areff

    Numbers speaks! If paddling about isn’t banned, why are cops threatening fines and posting don’t-even-think-about-it notices at boat ramps.

  174. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Xi is responsible for crashing the entire world’s economy

  175. Pedro the Loafer

    Australians are very obedient people.

  176. Mater

    Numbers speaks! If paddling about isn’t banned, why are cops threatening fines and posting don’t-even-think-about-it notices at boat ramps.

    Because if it isn’t happening in Toowoomba, or it’s environs, it isn’t happening anywhere. And vice versa.

  177. Using your own reusable container is also the most unhygienic method.

    The barista asked me if the container was sterile.
    I told her it had been soaked in disinfectant overnight, as it had.
    She was gloved – so was I, so there was very little risk, if any at all.
    I have a clear grasp of safety protocols, and the importance of sequence.
    For example – clearing a weapon.
    The correct sequence –
    1. Remove magazine.
    2. Cock the weapon.
    3. Anything up the spout is ejected.
    Incorrect sequence –
    1. Cock the weapon.
    2. Remove magazine.
    3. There is now a round chambered ready to fire.
    If you follow the next step (pulling the trigger to show that the weapon is indeed clear, as was the drill practiced after returning from a patrol), two very different outcomes occur, and one of them is noisy and dangerous.
    Usually, the presiding NCO checked each weapon at the end of step 3 in the correct sequence.
    Occasionally, they got slack and left it to individuals and bad stuff happened.
    That’s how I learned the importance of sequence.
    It matters not whether you’re dealing with firearms or a virus.
    Sequence matters…..

  178. John Smith101

    gary
    #3387488, posted on April 1, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    There are of course many negatives to the current world events, so I tried to think of some good that can come out of this and thought of these

    Good to see some positive thinking at last. Gary is on to it. Every cloud, etc. See: NESARA Act. Some listed points quite relevant to the outcomes Gary has listed. Note: debt forgiveness. Already being applied to student loans in the US, so that graduates don’t start their working life with debt. Removal of HECS here?

  179. Mater

    For example – clearing a weapon.
    The correct sequence –
    1. Remove magazine.
    2. Cock the weapon.
    3. Anything up the spout is ejected.
    Incorrect sequence –
    1. Cock the weapon.
    2. Remove magazine.
    3. There is now a round chambered ready to fire.
    If you follow the next step (pulling the trigger to show that the weapon is indeed clear, as was the drill practiced after returning from a patrol), two very different outcomes occur, and one of them is noisy and dangerous.

    Again you wonder into the military arena, and get it wrong.

  180. dopey

    On the take-away coffee cup. ‘ Caution: contents may be hot.’

  181. bespoke

    Have you got a rocking chair, 1735099?

    1735099: Yes like the one I had in Vietnam but that one didn’t rock and was made out of dirt.

  182. Some History

    BREAKING NEWS

    It is with great sadness and regret that I have to announce that
    we a living in a Get Smart episode and this guy’s in charge –

    https://imgur.com/Tsaf56Z

  183. feelthebern

    but decided to mind my own business.

    File under things that did not happen.

  184. Fisky

    I lost my secure, well-paying manufacturing job to free trade with the People’s Republic of China, and all I got was this damn virus that killed Grandma — and shut down even the lousy, ­insecure service-industry gig the Chinese had left me.

    If there ever was a glaring illustration that to preserve true freedom, we need some barriers, it is the novel coronavirus crisis of 2019-20. What a bitter irony: The utopian dream of free trade on ­every front, free movement through every boundary, ended up shuttering the playground next door and necessitated curfews against leaving our own homes.

    https://nypost.com/2020/03/31/post-corona-the-working-class-will-blow-a-gasket-over-chinese-trade/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

  185. Mother Lode

    Also: “models show up to 240,000 deaths from the virus in the US.” No, models don’t show anything.

    The ABC and such don’t view models as predictions, but what they are going to keep saying.

  186. twostix

    Australians are very obedient people.

    An 80+ year old man beligerently cut into line at the supermarket today.

    Oh the optics! A massive line of people standing two metres apart pretending not to notice an 80 year old man – ostensibly the reason for all of this being done to us – rudely cutting in line at the packed out supermarket.

    It’s perfect!

  187. Infidel Tiger

    The hatred towards China in the general community is so heartwarming.

    People are demanding reparations and even all out war.

    This has all been worth it.

  188. Again you wonder (sic) into the military arena, and get it wrong.

    Come on, Mater – tell us how it should be done.
    You know you want to……

  189. Old School Conservative

    Oh dear.
    The PhD candidate uses a Townsville paper to quote a Queensland politician about a Queensland clarification of the Queensland recreational fishing issue – to set right a Victorian poster complaining about Victorian government policy.

    Actually I take that criticism back. The whole Federal government/National Council/Individual states conflict at the moment is deliberately designed to confuse all the little old ducks like numbers, and many more besides.

  190. JC

    Pedro the Loafer
    #3387576, posted on April 1, 2020 at 1:13 pm
    Australians are very obedient people.

    An American who once lived here a long time ago reckoned it was very Germanic. It’s a (very) rules based society.

  191. feelthebern

    An 80+ year old man beligerently cut into line at the supermarket today.

    How many kicks to ribs did you get in before you were dragged off?

  192. Infidel Tiger

    I told her it had been soaked in disinfectant overnight, as it had.
    She was gloved – so was I, so there was very little risk, if any at all.
    I have a clear grasp of safety protocols, and the importance of sequence.

    Numbers interactions with sex workers sure sounds exciting.

  193. Caveman

    Hug a public servant.

  194. Old School Conservative

    Sequence matters…..

    From the same doublethink devotee who also thinks “context doesn’t matter”.

  195. Fisky

    The hatred towards China in the general community is so heartwarming.

    People are demanding reparations and even all out war.

    Always be on message. If you see a bloke who’s just lost his house and family, tell him he would still have these things if it weren’t for China.

  196. Old School Conservative

    An 80+ year old man beligerently cut into line at the supermarket today.

    I prefer to think that a confused and senile old man didn’t know what he was doing.
    But millions of Australians are out of work to protect him.

  197. Some History

    Announcement from
    Supreme Public Health Headquarters

    Tow flarten za corv, vee mast flarten everizing!

    [translation: To Flatten the curve, we must flatten everything]

  198. Infidel Tiger

    Always be on message. If you see a bloke who’s just lost his house and family, tell him he would still have these things if it weren’t for China.

    Memes are very important right.

    They are so good at reinforcing what a foul regime we are dealing with.

  199. Eyrie

    I’ve thought for a long time that Hitler chose the wrong people. Australians would have done everything he asked without question, including lining up to be taken to death camps.

  200. Mater

    Come on, Mater – tell us how it should be done.
    You know you want to……

    I’m starting to think you deliberately get this stuff wrong, just to get a rise out of me. Ok, just this time…

    Remove magazine, cock the weapon, hold the working parts to the rear, inspect chamber, release working parts, fire the action.

    Strictly speaking, if you carry out the drills, as taught, forgetting to remove the magazine first shouldn’t automatically result in an Unauthorised Discharge (UD). You should clearly see it during the inspection process.

    This is in the drills because even if you remove the magazine, a round could still be present on the bolt face and subsequently reloaded into the chamber after release – resulting in a UD when the action is fired.

    Merely operating/racking the working parts to empty the chamber, without inspecting, is best left in the American movies.
    Here endeth the lesson.

  201. Stimpson J. Cat

    Public Service Announcement.

    Just so you all know,
    today,
    I don’t want to hear about J®ws, or M®slims, or Kiwis, or Ching Chongs, or W®gs, or Commies, or Hippies, or Economists, on this thread.

    Today, is my day.
    The day of MY people.

    April Fools Day.

    Today is the Day of the Fool!!!!

    Now show some goddamned respect.

  202. feelthebern

    You can imagine the posing with the re-usable cup.
    Footage of Toowoomba this morning.

  203. twostix

    The utopian dream of free trade on ­every front, free movement through every boundary, ended up shuttering the playground next door and necessitated curfews against leaving our own homes.

    This was the end result that was often put to open borders globalist libertarians.

    That with no national borders, each individual property becomes the borders and we’ll all end up imprisoned inside our tiny little quarter acre countries.

    Also the concept that property rights extend to every possible thing including the public space came from the same diseased fruit. The seed of that disease is what we are harvesting now all over the place: that the government, as an entity, is a separated thing from the people (rather than the expression of the people), and as an entity owns the public space in the same way that you or I can own a chair or our driveway, and in doing so can claim private property rights to exclude everyone from its property (everything outside your front gate).

    But the people own the public space, the government merely administers it in trust for us to maintain the situation that was already there. However over time “liberal” fetishists have corrupted that idea in exactly the same way they corrupted marriage. Where the people owned marriage and the government was only given right to administer what was already there before, became the Government (as if it’s a separate thing from the people) own marriage and can remake it into whatever it wanted.

    Libertarianism has seen the explosion of tyrannical government.

  204. The PhD candidate uses a Townsville paper to quote a Queensland politician about a Queensland clarification of the Queensland recreational fishing issue – to set right a Victorian poster complaining about Victorian government policy.

    Newscorp is syndicated, in case you missed it.
    Which means, incidentally, that it’s largely incompetent in reaching its geographical audience.

  205. Some History

    … and this guy’s in charge

    Supported by his cabinet that includes the
    Supreme Chief Minister for Jiggy Jiggy

    https://imgur.com/kcRaQHx

  206. Bear Necessities

    There are of course many negatives to the current world events, so I tried to think of some good that can come out of this and thought of these:
    1. Large scale privatisation of existing assets to pay down the massive debt.
    2. Improved student outcomes from learning at home
    3. Greater distrust of government. The government works for the public not vice versa.
    4. People realising that the public (all of us) can be and are manipulated to panic for nothing on a range of issues. Attempts made to build defences against manipulation.
    5. Greater social cohesion. Regardless of the need to put 1+million out of work, most thoughts were for those affected and how they can be helped. That is a big plus for Australia.
    6. The death toll from Covid 19 looks like it will be much lower than the modelling predicted. There appears to be no evidence of outbreaks in third world countries. Australia will likely have a death toll in double figures. Young people generally not affected, very young don’t even show symptoms.
    7. Most people who die climbing Mt Everest die on the way down from the summit, so a clear path out of this mess will greatly reduce the harm caused.
    8. Discussion of end of life health costs.
    9. Greater awareness of living a healthly life style.
    10. Social distancing becoming the norm.
    11. The importance of having savings being acknowledged, and hopefully the many disincentives to savings (e.g. inflation – a 3%-5% annual wealth tax on saving) being removed.
    12. The “debt doesn’t matter” people may be proved wrong.

    My greatest fear is that Green Brother No 1 will see this as an “how to” model to get to Green Year 0. Activists in their 20’s and 30’s who are now invading pig, chook and any other livestock farms will figure out that they have been resisting the wrong way. You don’t have to pass laws just get the reigns of power and declare a “climate catastrophe” for the next 100 years.

    I fear the lust for more power and power control will triumph over any argument for less power and less control.

  207. Strictly speaking, if you carry out the drills, as taught, forgetting to remove the magazine first shouldn’t automatically result in an Unauthorised Discharge (UD). You should clearly see it during the inspection process.

    Except sometimes, things were less than “strict”.
    And always assuming there was an inspection process.
    People got slack, and sometimes there wasn’t.
    You’ll have to read the chapter entitled ‘Unauthorised Discharge’ (p96) in my book to get the full story.

  208. Old School Conservative

    Great comment by someone in today’s Oz (rugby section) – Let’s hope Izzy cashed the cheque.
    For those “team mates” who refused to play with him, you are about to learn what it is like to have your livelihoods put in jeopardy.

  209. twostix

    I prefer to think that a confused and senile old man didn’t know what he was doing.
    But millions of Australians are out of work to protect him.

    Yes.

    I didn’t begrudge him.

    This is literally Clown World Hell. Who cares at this point?

  210. Infidel Tiger

    The streets are full of old xunts right now.

    They are the only people out and about.

    If you are short of cash it’s a great time to roll them.

  211. Bruce

    The woman’s condition is described as rare.

    Brown on the outside, pink inside?

  212. NoFixedAddress

    Jellybean is a Joe Biden sock

  213. Bar Beach Swimmer

    areff
    #3387540, posted on April 1, 2020 at 12:48 pm
    I’ve got a troublesome Achilles’ tendon

    Areff, I know someone about 3.5 hours north of you who could probably help you.

  214. feelthebern

    LOL. Frankston r&t got fined $9913 yesterday for conducting “non-essential services”.
    Insert jokes here.

  215. Mater

    Except sometimes, things were less than “strict”.
    And always assuming there was an inspection process.
    People got slack, and sometimes there wasn’t.

    Except you were talking about “correct” and “incorrect” sequences, not lazy human habits.
    The “correct” sequence DID have an inspection process. It’s in the books and it was taught. The “correct” drills aren’t negotiable and don’t depend on human behaviour.
    Get it right or get out of the arena.

    You’ll have to read the chapter entitled ‘Unauthorised Discharge’ (p96) in my book to get the full story.

    If I want to read fiction, I’ll borrow one the kid’s Harry Potter books.

  216. Ed Case

    That with no national borders, each individual property becomes the borders and we’ll all end up imprisoned inside our tiny little quarter acre countries.

    A Pedant types:
    A ”Quarter Acre Block” is 40 perches, roughly 1,000 sq. m. That’s very unusual in any town, let alone the older Metropolitan suburbs, where the average block is 16 perches [400 sq.m.] or 1/10th of an acre. Even a 24 perch block [3/20 of an acre] stands out because it’s at least 50% bigger than the surroundings.
    The new estates around Browns Plains are on 12 perches [300 sq. m.], a long way short of a quarter acre block.

  217. feelthebern

    All people over the age of 70 should be forced to wear an armband so we can tell them apart from the rest of the population.

  218. Beachcomber

    There is no Corona Virus epidemic. The whole thing is an out-of-control hysterical confection of the media, the governing establishment, and the Universities’ “medical research” establishment.

    Freedoms have been obliterated, the economy crushed with millions losing their income and independence. All for no reason except that the West is mentally deranged and doing self-harm to the level of suicide.

    COVID-19 yet to impact Europe’s overall mortality
    Year-to-date statistics show excess mortality lower than previous years

  219. notafan

    I’m on 1200 square metres.

    And lovin’ it.

  220. Stimpson J. Cat

    All people over the age of 70 should be forced to wear an armband so we can tell them apart from the rest of the population.

    Let’s make it 45, just to be inclusive.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You’ll have to read the chapter entitled ‘Unauthorised Discharge’ (p96) in my book to get the full story.

    Probably the only book, ever written about the Australian involvement in Vietnam, that I’ve never bothered to read.

  222. Infidel Tiger

    All people over the age of 70 should be forced to wear an armband so we can tell them apart from the rest of the population.

    And gleaming white New Balance walking shoes.

  223. Ed Case

    1200 square meters?
    You’ve got enough room to keep an elephant in the back yard.

  224. egg_

    Maybe, just maybe the cranks here will realise

    Conservatives aren’t cranks, moron, extremists like you are.
    Projection much?
    GrigBoris troll.

  225. Bar Beach Swimmer

    1735099
    #3387525, posted on April 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    Today, I was sitting on a bench on my own, just drying off when an employee from the coffee shop came over and said I needed to leave the area.

    The “sitting on the bench” bit is the problem.
    I can’t believe the simple stuff that people either forget or ignore.
    The virus can live on surfaces for a long time.
    That’s why the coffee shop I frequent has removed all their chairs and tables and piled them in a heap so no-one can sit down.
    The place looks like a dance studio – lots of empty space.
    The newspapers have also been removed, as if they’re not there to read, these’s no reason to sit down. You can still buy an excellent takeaway coffee so long as you bring your own container. The barista wears gloves, although I gave my container a cleanup after I took my gloves off, and before I touched the car to get in

    You are happy to enforce the rules for someone else, but not for you, which shows your totalitarian leanings.

    (Getting down to this level is depressing, but needs must). Keep cups are not allowed – how does she know that you’ve really cleaning the cup; as Farmer Gez said, someone else may have picked it up in your house without you knowing.

    The seat was fixed seating at the beach not owned or controlled by the coffee shop.

    The police spent much time walking along the beach asking people who were sitting on their own towels on the sand away from others, to move on – don’t how the virus goes on unstable sand!

  226. rickw

    I’m on 1200 square metres.

    And lovin’ it.

    Nice! I’m on 1000, picnics in the garden are the new weekend activity!

  227. cohenite

    All people over the age of 70 should be forced to wear an armband so we can tell them apart from the rest of the population.

    I have 18″ biceps so I should be exempt.

  228. vlad

    Probably the only book, ever written about the Australian involvement in Vietnam, that I’ve never bothered to read.

    Appears to have been self-published.

  229. cohenite

    Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3387653, posted on April 1, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Any surfers?

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