Category: Coronavirus

Escape From New York, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

relates to Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

America isn’t Taiwan it’s indecisive leadership thinks it is and wants business as usual (ODT

According to news reports New Yorkers are leaving the city transporting with them the virus to other states, principally Florida. President Trump announced that he was considering locking New Yorkers in place but said he hoped not to do that.

Meanwhile, the Florida governor copying Trump’s indecision allows Florida with its large elderly population to fill up with likely virus carriers from New York.

via Escape From New York, by Paul Craig Roberts – The Unz Review

Most coronavirus statistics are depressing – but not all

We are currently 13th out of 196 nations on the current virus rate count. Murdoch media’s Andrew Bolt claims we are winners and should go back to work. He’s allowed to spread dangerous fake news at will it seems without any consequences.(ODT)

via Most coronavirus statistics are depressing – but not all

‘We’ll see bankruptcies’: how coronavirus has shut down Australian film and TV | Film | The Guardian

Stock image of film set

With Covid-19 restrictions closing at least 60 shoots and leaving 20,000 people out of work, the industry is fearful of how long it will take to recover

‘We’ll see bankruptcies’: how coronavirus has shut down Australian film and TV | Film | The Guardian

The Senate’s Coronavirus Relief Package Must Be Stopped!, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

The Senate’s $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package is not fiscal stimulus and it’s not a lifeline for the tens of millions of working people who have suddenly lost their jobs. It’s a fundamental restructuring of the US economy designed to strengthen the grip of the corrupt corporate-banking oligarchy while creating a permanent underclass that will be forced to work for slave wages. This isn’t stimulus, it’s shock therapy.

via The Senate’s Coronavirus Relief Package Must Be Stopped!, by Mike Whitney – The Unz Review

China’s coronavirus aid seeking to shift narrative away from Beijing’s cover-up, experts say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Medics and paramedics from China salute as the board a Red Cross vehicle upon arrival at an airport in Milan.

United we stand divided we fall and in the English speaking world the division is clear on all global matters like Climate Change and the Coronavirus. China certainly is leading by action Trump is way behind vocalising. (ODT)

via China’s coronavirus aid seeking to shift narrative away from Beijing’s cover-up, experts say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Doctors and nurses exposed, medicines run short, while profiteers run rampant – Michael West

 

Incredibly distressing footage of thousands of Australians, all across the country, queueing around the block for Centrelink, then a desperate parliament working into the night to shove through its third bail-out package in as many weeks, each one more urgent then the last. As the country runs short of critical medicines and life-saving protective gear, Michael West reports on those profiting from the tragedy.

 

via Doctors and nurses exposed, medicines run short, while profiteers run rampant – Michael West

Greetings from Australia, the Commonwealth of confusion

If a picture could tell a thousand words: Bondi Beach being closed after beachgoers ignored social distancing rules.

The ABC should be our center for information and instruction (ODT)

The other lessons of the Spanish flu for Australia? One is that social distancing is essential and must be enforced “because it’s probably the only weapon we have got” for the time being, at least.

Rait says: “We will lose control of the virus if we don’t take social distancing seriously, and that’s how Italy got to where it is today.”

via Greetings from Australia, the Commonwealth of confusion

WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib | Common Dreams News

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stand together during his campaign event at the Whittemore Center Arena on February 10, 2020 in Durham, New Hampshire.

via WATCH: Bernie Sanders Holds Roundtable on Coronavirus Response With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib | Common Dreams News

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the economy, but house prices are holding up — for now – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Auction sign on house replaced with sold sign

via Coronavirus is wreaking havoc on the economy, but house prices are holding up — for now – Business – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The case for Endgame C: stop almost everything, restart when coronavirus is gone

Unfortunately like Climate Change this requires Global Unity and Cooperation otherwise it too is doomed to fail. (ODT)

Endgame C: ‘stop then restart’

Endgame C is to “stop then restart”. This means minimising activity and interactions, and sealing the borders to passenger traffic including citizens (although not trade), until infections are driven down to zero.

Only essential services would be maintained (particularly the food supply chain and utilities such as electricity, water and the internet).

There is no point trying to finesse which strategies work best; instead the imperative would be to implement as many as possible at once, including closing schools, universities, colleges, public transport and non-essential retail, and confining people to their homes as much as possible.

Police should visibly enforce the lockdown, and all confirmed cases should be housed in government-controlled facilities. This might seem unimaginable, but it is exactly what has already happened in China, South Korea and Italy.

Read more: Coronavirus and COVID-19: your questions answered by virus experts

Once infections are at zero, and stay there for a fortnight or so to ensure there are no asymptomatic cases, economic and social activity can restart sequentially, although international borders would have to remain closed to passenger traffic until there is a vaccine.

via The case for Endgame C: stop almost everything, restart when coronavirus is gone