Cops swarm to “patrol social distancing” at doughnut giveaway

Uh-huh.

The Krispy Kreme chain ran a giveaway offering a dozen doughnuts free to anyone who had a birthday between mid-March and mid-July, to celebrate the company’s 83rd birthday.

As news of the free doughnuts spread, concern grew that social distancing was not being observed among those lining up at stores.

NSW Police confirmed general duties, traffic patrol and riot squad officers were among those called to “a number” of locations across Sydney on Monday.

 
Acting Assistant Commissioner Tony Cooke: “This is nonsensical and defies logic.” You don’t say.

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Escape From Flu Talk

Working on a screenplay where Scott Morrison’s private jet crashlands somewhere in Victoria and I am sent in to land a glider on the top of Federation Square and extract him by any means necessary. With the help of a friendly cabbie and a fabulously well-endowed female sidekick.” Cuckoo

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Tuesday Forum: July 14, 2020

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Notes from Prison Quarantine by Not convicted of any crime*

Part I

I flew into Brisbane from Melbourne just after the new rules on hotel quarantine kicked in. On arrival, passengers were ushered to a cordoned off section of the terminal (right next to the gate). We were surrounded by both police officers and army personnel. We were asked to produce our entry passes. If the form had changed since we had received the approval we were told to re-do it. Then we had to see a bureaucrat – this day they were all members of Queensland Police – some were in uniform though the one I saw wasn’t. The officer asked me why I had gone to Melbourne. I gave them the reason, though I did wonder why it mattered or why they needed to know the purpose of my trip. I did ask if I could quarantine at home, I curt reply was “No” and that was the extent of my interaction with this person. The officer then filled in a form which informed me that under the Public Health Act 2005 that I would be quarantined in a hotel and the name of the hotel was added to the form. The photo of the information sheet I was given is included here. Then I had wait around until the rest of the passengers were processed.

It did seem to me that rules were being made on the fly. Some passengers on the flight had just left the 14 day quarantine in Melbourne having arrived from overseas. Their passes had indicated that they could quarantine at home. However, when they arrived in Brisbane, they were told that they would have to quarantine at a hotel again because they had left quarantine in Melbourne. How else, can one get on a plane without leaving quarantine? Common sense seemed to prevail after a call to the Chief Medical Officer. These passengers were told that if they had the relevant quarantine paperwork and had tested negative on the COVID test, then they could leave to quarantine at home. I had never seen so many relieved people in any setting.

The rest of us were then marched off to collect our luggage. This side was operation was managed by the army. There was two army personnel and a police officer in front and few more in the back. There were a few more police officers along the route watching our movements. Our luggage was at one end of the terminal. Once we collected our bags and put it in the luggage hold of bus we were ready to set off to the designated hotel. There was a police officer on the bus as well.

The ride to the hotel was not long and were met by an officer who said that he was in charge of operations at the hotel. He told us that we could take a fresh air break, but we would be accompanied by police personnel at all times. I haven’t gone out yet, but after reading Cardinal Pell’s account I wonder if they will let us stay out for an hour.

Once off the bus, we were met by someone from the hotel who had us fill yet another form and this time it was about our meal preferences. Meals are delivered at 3 times – 8am, 1pm and 7pm. The government also “gives” us a $15 per room laundry allowance.

Since we arrived later in the day, we were handed a bag containing noodles, a packet of chips, a bottle of water and some biscuits. Then it was time to head to our rooms.

That’s it for now. Feel free to post your questions and I will respond through Sinclair. Thanks for reading.

* Not my regular Cat name

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Republican’s missus issues queenly decree

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Jessica Whitaker

Don’t expect Four Corners to tell her story. For the left, this killing was – more or less – justifiable homicide:

 
And if you say, ‘No, all lives matter,’ what I would say is I believe that you believe all lives matter. But because I live the life that I live, I am certain that in this country, all lives [don’t] matter. I know for a fact that, based on the numbers, my life hasn’t mattered; that black women’s lives definitely haven’t mattered, that black trans people’s lives haven’t mattered, that black gay people’s lives haven’t mattered… that immigrants’ lives don’t matter, that Muslims’ lives don’t matter. The Indigenous people of this country’s lives have never mattered. I mean, we could go on and on and on.”

– Please don’t, Jason Reynolds.

 
At some point, defining yourself by what you’re not – white – must become demeaning. That’s despite the black supremacist fantasy here expostulated that African-Americans have historically valued their own women, their own gays and their own cross-dressers. As for white leftists, before comedic genius Dave Chappelle converted to Islam and was still nailing cultural interrelations in the US (without the self-indulgent melancholy), he used to do a bit about the people he personally feared most on the street: white hangers-on in black groups.

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Well may we say ‘God save the Queen …’

 …because Hocking will save the Governor-General                                                                          

BACK in May, Whitlam biographer Professor Jenny Hocking was thrilled by the High Court’s decision to allow the National Archives to release the so-called “Palace Letters” between Governor-General Sir John Kerr and the Queen. She thought she was on the verge of finally proving one of the left’s most cherished conspiracy theories – namely, that the monarchy was complicit in the dismissal of the criminal Whitlam government:

Professor Hocking says it is clear the issue must have been discussed, because it was Sir John’s duty to keep the Queen informed, particularly in a circumstance where he was acting without ministerial direction…

“I think we already know that they were well aware this was something he was contemplating.

“We do know that he was in very close consultation with Buckingham Palace over that time.

“He writes in his papers how he benefited from the advice of the Queen’s private secretary on the dismissal. So there’s no doubt they were in very close contact about, at the very least, the prospect of the possibility of dismissal.”

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Peter Baldwin on the menace of identity politics

For the benefit of people who don’t regularly see The Weekend Australian this a fine contribution that appeared last weekend. The good news is that it attracted almost 700 comments, overwhelmingly in support.

Peter Baldwin Racing to tear down the pillars of reason

We are witnessing nothing less than a cultural revolution, with distinct echoes of
the one that rent China in the 1960s and 70s. We see mob hysteria in the physical
and online space, and ritual denunciations of anyone expressing the slightest
disagreement with the ever-changing orthodoxies of the identity politics creed, as
even the hitherto impeccably politically correct JK Rowling has found.

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What he said

TAFKAS could not have put it better himself:

It is thus always amusing to read the tax increase lobby argue for reform of and increase in taxes because of the need to increase the economic efficiency all the while unconcerned and uninterested with the economic efficiency of government spending. Their argument is basically that efficient tax collection is needed to fund inefficient spending.

Their argument is basically that efficient tax collection is needed to fund inefficient spending.  Spot on!

And who wrote this?  Some fellow called Stephen Spartacus in the Spectator Australia.

Harrumph!

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Cancel Karl

On further reflection, there may be some upsides to this cancel culture business, specially within economics. How bout this fellow Karl Marx. There’s a dead white European male if ever there was one. Why isn’t he now being cancelled? How should economists, and social theorists generally, deal with this: Marx and Engels’s theory of history: making sense of the race factor. Here’s the abstract:

This article argues that Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’s theory of history contained racist components. In Marx and Engels’s understanding, racial disparities emerged under the influence of shared natural and social conditions hardening into heredity and of the mixing of blood. They racialized skin-colour groups, ethnicities, nations and social classes, while endowing them with innate superior and inferior character traits. They regarded race as part of humanity’s natural conditions, upon which the production system rested. ‘Races’ endowed with superior qualities would boost economic development and productivity, while the less endowed ones would hold humanity back. Marxist race thinking reflected common Lamarckian and Romantic-Nationalist assumptions of the era.

If we are going to colour-code who we allow to speak or whose words we listen to, which I do not for a second believe we should, why not turn to Thomas Sowell: Thomas Sowell says concept of systemic racism ‘has no meaning,’ warns US could reach ‘point of no return’.

“You hear this phrase, ‘systemic racism’ [or] ‘systemic oppression’,” host Mark Levin told Sowell. “You hear it on our college campuses. You hear it from very wealthy and fabulously famous sports stars. What does that mean? And whatever it means, is it true?”

“It really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses,” answered Sowell, who added that the currency of the phrase reminds him of the “propaganda tactics” of Nazi Germany.

The true racists are the ones who believe skin colour should have any bearing on political issues.

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