What Daniel Andrews needs to understand about Covid-19

The problem with Daniel Andrews has been from the start that he’s not very bright and has only a limited grasp of the issues. He does however like to tell people what to do and has little time for actual discussion and debate since argument is not really his preferred form of persuasion. The video will bring you up to date on where the Covid story now finds itself. It is a shame Andrews doesn’t get any of this. The video although somewhat long (but not too long) really is an eyeopener.

If you ask any Democrat why do they hate Trump so much …

Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Ariel Sharon, and Benjamin Disraeli would be at Jackie's dinner table. (Cartoon by Paul Solomons)

It’s Jackie Mason.

This year will be one of the most pivotal years in all of world history, and that is an understatement. We’ve seen a complete breakdown of American civil society over the last several months.

I don’t know what’s going on in the rest of the world, but when I walk down the street to get a coffee in 2020 New York City, I have to thank God that I have 2020 vision and the reflexes of a champion boxer to duck any knockdown sucker punches. And this is on 57th Street, what they call Billionaires’ Row. I can’t imagine what’s going on way Uptown, Downtown or in the Bronx. 

Bonfire of the Vanities is like nonsense compared to this. The city has gone to the dogs, the pits, in drerd. Makes you want to stay inside and order food. 

That’s what everyone was doing until all their favourite restaurants shuttered. 

I have a new name for restaurants that are recently closed. They are ‘cloved’. Covid schmovid cloved. One after the other, all of my favourite restaurants are finished. 

Where can you get a decent sandwich in this town? And if you even think of going off on me about some sort of privilege shpiel, you know where you can shove it. 

And you know who is solely responsible for all of this? Our two schmegeggi state and city leaders, Mr de Blasio and Mr Cuomo. These two schmucks have led us down a dark and dreary path.  Mason

The two Putzes-in-chief, but really putz is too nice of a word to call either of them. Actually, it’s an insult to putzes worldwide to include them in that estimable category. These guys have made our lives intolerable. 

The degradation of my beloved city has happened in front of my eyes, well at least from what I can see on the TV screen while 60 floors up. It’s a nice view, but it cost a pretty penny. I know the last time this kind of thing happened, it took someone like my favourite dinner partner Giuliani to come to the rescue. Who’s going to be our Giuliani this time? 

Only in America can murderers and criminals be put on pedestals. The world is upside down and topsy turvy.  No one would believe it if I said in my act that you should let criminals out of prison, but if you don’t wear a mask you’re going to be arrested.  

A murderer is let out because of fear that they will contract the coronavirus, and they’re free to commit crimes again.  

The truth is I retired at the right time. With all due respect, my genius was that I was able to say exactly what I thought,  and left my audience laughing, but more importantly, thinking. I wouldn’t be able to do
that today. 

It’s not a good time for comedians to speak their minds unless, of course, it’s to say that they hate Trump and then it’s easy. You don’t even have to make up jokes you just repeat over and over ‘I hate Trump’. That’s why I just like to do private dates now, where I can say and do what I want. Otherwise, anything you say is immediately called racist and sexist. You get called a pig and a degenerate. 

You really gotta put yourself out there to be a public figure. So the next time you ask me to write this for nothing, I’m not so sure I’m going to agree. And while we’re talking about it, I have to mention that you can find me on Cameo. It’s a website, you can look it up. I’m not going to tell you anything else. See, you’re curious already.

In regards to the frightening times we’re living in, the political climate is the most pressing matter of all.

If you ask any Democrat why do they hate Trump so much, they answer because of what he did to this country. I ask them, what did he do to this country and they answer, I told you because of what he did to this country. I ask, is there one thing he did that is wrong? Is there something he shouldn’t have done? Name one thing that if you had a choice you would overturn. The taxes, the tax law? Did you make money or did you lose money? If he did anything wrong, why did you take the money, why didn’t you send it back? He opened up trade with Canada, he saved everybody money. 

Even the Democrats admit it was a good deal, so much so that they tried to take credit for it after it was passed.  Before this whole corona thing, he created less unemployment and higher wages. So what did he do wrong? The economy was the best it’s ever been. So what did the president do that everyone should be cursing him all the time? I’ll tell you what he did wrong. He’s wearing the wrong jacket. He has the wrong hairdo. He has the wrong attitude and you don’t like the colour of his tie. What does your side want from him? A new stylist? You don’t like the way he sounds, get some earplugs, turn off the volume on your TV. You don’t like his attitude?  He’s not moving in to live with you! So what’s the problem? We ask them and they always say these nonsense things like he doesn’t sound like a president, he’s not presidential. He doesn’t even look like a president. So don’t look at him! Who told you to look at him? You have a TV that only has one channel? Change the channel if you don’t want to watch him. 

Let me ask you, if I give you $3,000 would you care what I look like, what suit I wear, and the way I comb my hair? Would you care about what my attitude is? 

Give me bad attitude all you want as long as it comes with a cheque and tax refund. Let me ask you, if you needed to go to the dentist, are you more concerned about the dentist being a good dentist or having a good personality? I’ll take the guy who wrecks my teeth, but is friendly. No! I want the guy who fixes my teeth, and he could have the worst bedside manner of all time. Same thing when I call the plumber, and same thing when I vote for president. Really, how can a Jew not love Trump? I heard a rumour from my high-placed sources, but shhh, please don’t tell anybody, that in four years, after Trump leaves office, he’s going to run for president of Israel and he’ll win.

Would you trust a vaccine that hasn’t been thoroughly tested?

This is how a vaccine works.

A vaccine works by training the immune system to recognize and combat pathogens, either viruses or bacteria. To do this, certain molecules from the pathogen must be introduced into the body to trigger an immune response. These molecules are called antigens, and they are present on all viruses and bacteria.

So to work we have to inject some variant of covid to train our immune system to respond to the real thing. You don’t have to ask why every pharmaceutical company working in this area is insisting on financial immunity from prosecution if something goes wrong on a grand scale.

The first cause was a precision craftsman

Everyone already knows this but this is nicely put. The alternative of a “multiverse” is so absurdly improbable, and of course intrinsically unprovable, but it’s all they’ve got. This only points towards a creator but in no way attempts to prove the truth of any religion. Only that there was an act of purpose in the universe that allowed us to come into existence. To deny that shows no sense.

Ruining you is just the aim

People still think of socialists as well-meaning and on their side. I watched the trains go by yesterday, half a dozen passengers on each at most in the middle of the day, but running on a normal weekday schedule. The state is already bankrupt but going further and deeper each day.

Dan does not care about anyone. He is an ideologue of the left. He wants power and he hates private business. To trust people like that with power is an invitation to disaster. Covid was a chance occurrence but it is exactly what Marxists keep their eye out for.

“Please don’t ruin us.” Don’t you simpletons understand anything? That is exactly what he is out to do.

What seems essential for the future is that everyone becomes educated in the Leninist addition to Marxism. Lenin added into the mix how the capitalist system could be overthrown. He was a strategist.

We are watching Leninist practice before our eyes. Every public servant still working with the private sector being shut down. And, of course, virtually no one is dying while our freedoms are.

The other aspect is that Dan is basically a coward along with being a bully. His lack of intelligence is just an added feature. I just saw the other day a story about how there has been no back burning in the forests as fire season approaches because we cannot afford it.

His cowardice is shown in how he will happily attack the weak but never attacks anyone capable of fighting back, in this case the union movement.

What else is being demonstrated for the congenitally stupid is evidence that a centralised economy can continue to “work” as in we can still get by with these dictatorial powers in place. Who needs free enterprise? If this were a national government, we would be heading straight into Venezuelan territory, and there is no certainty at this stage that we will even avoid it now.

Understanding how Lenin operated: From Mack in the comments.

It’s all spelt out there: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/not-happy-dan-victoria-s-premier-cops-a-pandemic-pounding-20200626-p556h7.html “Andrews quickly became known as a factional hardhead. A long-term Labor player puts it this way: “Daniel was the first one to go to war in every internal battle. He was the one saddling up saying, ‘Let’s kill the person.’ ” “Any perceived internal enemy, or even someone who feels threatening to him, is frozen out, socially and professionally isolated. In cabinet, Andrews….. is supremely confident in his own views and sometimes unyielding. Criticism is met with anger and, for these reasons, few challenge him.”

Let me add the following from the article to flesh things out a bit.

To make things worse, Andrews now has the cover of the pandemic to hide anything that might have been going wrong before (the budget was looking shaky and the West Gate Tunnel project has been bogged in commercial dispute). O’Brien opens with a question about Andrews’ signing of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The deal, which promises cooperation between Victoria and China on policy, infrastructure, trade and finance, is controversial, putting Andrews at odds with his federal Labor colleagues, the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and all other states in Australia….

Despite all sorts of scandal and controversy, from using taxpayer money to fund campaign workers to spending $1 billion on dumping the Napthine government’s East West Link road, he’s won two remarkable elections, vanquishing Denis Napthine’s Liberals in 2014 (the first single-term government since 1955) and then the “Danslide” election in 2018, which gave him a huge majority of seats in the lower house. (In 2012, when, as opposition leader, he was identified by focus groups as “the guy who looks like an accountant and hunches”, Andrews sought the advice of former prime minister Paul Keating. What did he want to know? I ask Keating. “About the getting of power and the use of it,” Keating says. “He had a hunger for power … and the leadership gene.”)

But the picture that emerges is consistent: Andrews, they say, is loyal to his office staff but as party leader, can be vindictive and demands total fealty. Any perceived internal enemy, or even someone who feels threatening to him, is frozen out, socially and professionally isolated (such as former emergency services minister Jane Garrett, who found herself shunned by Andrews, and the minister for the prevention of family violence, the late Fiona Richardson, who the Premier refused to meet with for many years)….

Heading into the pandemic Andrews … was rolling out a popular $70 billion Big Build infrastructure program, funded mostly by debt and the leasing of the Port of Melbourne to a private consortium (it includes the level crossing removals; the Metro Tunnel, a major upgrade of the city loop with five new underground train stations due to open in 2026; and the West Gate Tunnel Project, an alternative road to the often bottlenecked West Gate Bridge, due to open in 2023)….

So he’s dominant, yes, but also, watching him in parliament, I wonder if an arrogance is creeping in. He shows a worrying dislike of transparency, with successful freedom-of-information requests at their lowest in five years.

… “Our Premier has done his best to cruel the city,” Grant Cohen, owner of the city’s beautiful Block Arcade shopping precinct, told The Age. “The only thing missing from the city is the tumbleweeds.”

The return of the Eureka Stockade

I don’t know if anyone else has commented on this, but I find it interesting that this protest was to be in Ballarat, the same city as The Eureka Stockade. I no longer expect the same result if it goes to court as the first time round, nor the same reaction of the people of Victoria, since we no longer seem to have the same kind of reaction to oppressive authority we were once famous for.

Thousands of Melbourne residents celebrated the acquittal of the rebels, and paraded them through the streets upon their release from the Victorian Supreme Court.

Of course, the miners were part of a tax revolt. The Covid adventure has been presented as a freebie to save us from a virtually non-existent death threat. You want to see what’s coming. This was the lead story at the Oz today: Josh Frydenberg’s plan to fight back from Covid collapse. The first para should strike terror into the hearts of everyone, but it won’t:

Josh Frydenberg is preparing a five-year plan to create millions of jobs and reignite business investment, to anchor Australia’s recovery from the most severe recession since World War II.

Has the Dan Andrews economy gone national? Hope not, but maybe.

The chicken little virus

New CDC report says 94% of COVID deaths had underlying conditions, only 6% died from COVID alone. Here is the entire article although you can find more data at the link.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new report detailing how many COVID-19 deaths in America also involved other underlying health conditions.

According to the report, only 6% of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. list COVID-19 as the only cause of death. 94% of COVID-19 deaths involved at least one other underlying health condition, and on average involved “2.6 additional conditions or causes of death.”

The new report on the CDC’s website states:

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The number of deaths with each condition or cause is shown for all deaths and by age groups.

The CDC listed the top underlying medical conditions linked to coronavirus deaths as:

  • Influenza and pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Hypertensive disease
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular and unspecified dementia
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Heart failure
  • Renal failure
  • Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events
  • Other medical conditions

According to the CDC, 9,683 people have died in the United States having only COVID-19 listed on their death certificate as cause of death. At the time the CDC report was released, 161,392 deaths had been attributed to COVID-19 in the U.S.

 

You can also read more on this here: SHOCK REPORT: This Week CDC Quietly Updated COVID-19 Numbers – Only 9,210 Americans Died From COVID-19 Alone – Rest Had Different Other Serious Illnesses, and here: Remember that thing called the Covid Pandemic? You just won’t read it in The Age or see it mentioned on our ABC.

Sutton death

Let’s begin with the obvious: a well-known side effect of Covid is death. So what are we to make of this: Careful, medicines can also be poisons?

Hydroxychloroquine has the well-known side effects of heart arrhythmias and the risk of blindness with prolonged use.

And to whom do we owe this useless bit of knowledge. No one seems to want to take full responsibility.

This opinion was written by Alastair Stewart, director of the ARC Centre for Personalised Therapeutics Technologies, in collaboration with his University of Melbourne colleagues Phillip Reece, honorary senior fellow, department of pharmacology and therapeutics; David Story, deputy director, Centre for Integrated Critical Care; and Megan Munsie, deputy director, Centre for Stem Cell Systems.

So here is the first of the comments listed according to best liked:

IS HYDROXCHLOROQUINE EFFECTIVE FOR TREATING COVID ?

Listen to Dr. Harvey Risch Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale ……

‘’I conclude the evidence is overwhelming, there is no question that for the people who need to be treated and are treated early, it has a very substantial benefit in reducing risk of hospitalisation or mortality.

‘’And there’s been a massive disinformation campaign that stretches from government to the media that’s either suppressing this message or id countering it with a false message.

‘’I’m not an expert in the reasons why that’s happening other than just observing it. But I am an expert in the science, and I can tell you the science is all one-side sided. ‘’In fact the science is so one-sided in supporting this result that it’s stronger than anything else I’ve ever studied in my entire career.

‘’The evidence in favour of Hydroxychloroquine benefit in high risk patients treated early as out-patients is stronger than anything else I’ve ever studied. So scientifically there is no question whatsoever ever.’’

But what would this Professor know ?

Here’s his Education & Training;
PhD : University of Chicago (1980)
MD : University of California, San Diego (1976)
BS : California Institute of Technology (1972)
Postdoctoral Fellow : School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington

Suppose we just ask those elderly folks lying sick in hospital whether they would like to try the HCQ procedure.

Meanwhile it has occurred to me that too much focus has been put on the rank incompetence of Daniel Andrews. He is after all a man with limited intelligence and no expertise in virtually everything he legislates about. It is this cypher Brett Sutton. What expertise does he have in creating such massive damage to the people of Victoria? He needs to take more of the blame for the idiotic policies of Victoria. There are lots of considerations that go into making a policy and focusing only on the disease and ignoring everything else is idiocy on stilts.

“Give me your four year olds and in a generation I will build a socialist state”

An oldie but a baddie.

Brought to mind by this: The Challenge of Marxism. It is about the kinds of people I meet all the time who are taken in by the many radicals who reach positions of political power by playing on the juvenile sense of injustice that is promoted everywhere. One child drowns and Europe opens its borders to millions of illegal migrants with an entirely different cultural background. We have a mild epidemic and we throw away our rights and personal freedoms. People resent that some people become wealthier than others so we concede this is a moral failing of society and try to reduce such inequalities. And since the left reflexively lies in every instance in which it believes there is some advantage in lying, they gain political ground year by year. And where he ends is in arguing that the liberal left – the ones who are not totalitarians at heart, end up siding with the Marxists because they have spent years in conflict with conservatives, who in fact are the last group who remain attached to “liberal” values. Their attitude of no enemies to the left will do us all over.

I think he is right in much of what he says. He may even be right in identifying the only solution. But if he is right about the nature of the solution, then we are heading for the deluge, and it won’t be far off. The inane inability for so many to recognise the evil at the core of Marxism, whether in Venezuela or Seattle, will be the death of us. The article opens with this which I have slightly edited so that it applies more universally than just to the US of the present moment.

For a generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, most Americans and Europeans regarded Marxism as an enemy that had been defeated once and for all. But they were wrong. A mere 30 years later, Marxism is back, and making an astonishingly successful bid to seize control of the most important … media companies, universities and schools, major corporations and philanthropic organizations, and even the courts, the government bureaucracy, and some churches…. It appears as though the liberal custodians of many of these institutions—from the New York Times to Princeton University—have despaired of regaining control of them, and are instead adopting a policy of accommodation. That is, they are attempting to appease their Marxist employees by giving in to some of their demands in the hope of not being swept away entirely.

We don’t know what will happen for certain. But based on the experience of recent years, we can venture a pretty good guess. Institutional liberalism lacks the resources to contend with this threat. Liberalism is being expelled from its former strongholds, and the hegemony of liberal ideas, as we have known it since the 1960s, will end. Anti-Marxist liberals are about to find themselves in much the same situation that has characterized conservatives, nationalists, and Christians for some time now: They are about to find themselves in the opposition.

This means that some brave liberals will soon be waging war on the very institutions they so recently controlled. They will try to build up alternative educational and media platforms in the shadow of the prestigious, wealthy, powerful institutions they have lost. Meanwhile, others will continue to work in the mainstream media, universities, tech companies, philanthropies, and government bureaucracy, learning to keep their liberalism to themselves and to let their colleagues believe that they too are Marxists—just as many conservatives learned long ago how to keep their conservatism to themselves and let their colleagues believe they are liberals.

You should read it all, but I will sketch out through a series of quotes what’s there so you can see where the argument is going.

Marx’s principal insight is the recognition that the categories liberals use to construct their theory of political reality (liberty, equality, rights, and consent) are insufficient for understanding the political domain. They are insufficient because the liberal picture of the political world leaves out two phenomena that are, according to Marx, absolutely central to human political experience: The fact that people invariably form cohesive classes or groups; and the fact that these classes or groups invariably oppress or exploit one another, with the state itself functioning as an instrument of the oppressor class….

This is the principal reason that Marxist ideas are so attractive. In every society, there will always be plenty of people who have reason to feel they’ve been oppressed or exploited. Some of these claims will be worthy of remedy and some less so. But virtually all of them are susceptible to a Marxist interpretation, which shows how they result from systematic oppression by the dominant classes, and justifies responding with outrage and violence. And those who are troubled by such apparent oppression will frequently find themselves at home among the Marxists….

Liberalism creates Marxists. Like the sorcerer’s apprentice, it constantly calls into being individuals who exercise reason, identify instances of unfreedom and inequality in society, and conclude from this that they (or others) are oppressed and that a revolutionary reconstitution of society is necessary to eliminate the oppression….

The conflict between liberalism and its Marxist critics is one between a dominant class or group wishing to conserve its traditions (liberals), and a revolutionary group (Marxists) combining criticial reasoning with a willingness to jettison all inherited constraints to overthrow these traditions….

Simply put, the Marxist framework and democratic political theory are opposed to one another in principle. A Marxist cannot grant legitimacy to liberal or conservative points of view without giving up the heart of Marxist theory, which is that these points of view are inextricably bound up with systematic injustice and must be overthrown, by violence if necessary….

The Marxists who have seized control of the means of producing and disseminating ideas cannot, without betraying their cause, confer legitimacy on any conservative government. And they cannot grant legitimacy to any form of liberalism that is not supine before them. This “resistance” is not going to end. It is just beginning….

I know that many liberals are confused, and that they still suppose there are various alternatives before them. But it isn’t true. At this point, most of the alternatives that existed a few years ago are gone. Liberals will have to choose between two alternatives: either they will submit to the Marxists, and help them bring democracy in America to an end. Or they will assemble a pro-democracy alliance with conservatives. There aren’t any other choices.

There is no one more deaf to the views of the conservative centre than the useful idiots which are only growing in number, and if anything becoming more idiotic by the year.