Tag: Lockdowns

In the Liberal world empathy is as scarce as vaccines – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Take a deep breath… and go. “The NSW Government has been far from perfect in its handling of the virus. But at least it doesn’t place residents under 23-hour-a day house arrest because someone hundreds of kilometres away may have walked past someone who may have had Covid. Instead, NSW has tolerated a small number of new daily cases of coronavirus without resorting to lockdowns.” For the record this apathetic twaddle was originally published in The Herald-Sun. Now fast forward to Tuesday August 31, 2021 when New South Wales listed 1,164 Covid-19 cases and four deaths. In Victoria, the number is 76. None in the Liberal state of Tasmania, none in the Liberal state of South Australia (as of August 30) ditto, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, Labor states. Until we change this government, we can look forward to months of apathy: “a lack of feeling; the absence of passion, emotion, excitement, or energy. Lack of interest in things which others find moving or exciting. Apathía, from the Greek apátheia, insensibility.”

Source: In the Liberal world empathy is as scarce as vaccines – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australian Christian Lobby says believers should push for COVID freedoms, not ‘fear death’

Martyn Iles of the Australian Christian Lobby.

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on its supporters not to “fear death” and instead push state governments to end COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. In an email to members on Friday night, managing director Martyn Iles said the coronavirus was here to stay and that he was “not afraid to face the inevitable”. “Christians should lead the way on this because fear of death’s a condition from which Christ has freed us,” Mr Iles wrote. “The truth is, we must face the virus, either sooner or later because it’s not going anywhere. But fear is ruling the day at great cost.

Source: Australian Christian Lobby says believers should push for COVID freedoms, not ‘fear death’

The good, the bad and the ugly side of lockdown protests

I don’t support the anti-lockdown movement. It offers little in the way of cohesive views to support or condemn. The movement is, to borrow the phraseology of Travis View, a ’big tent’ conspiracist movement that houses discordant ideas and sometimes leaderless factions. It’s given direction by a ruling caste of portrait-video-filming figureheads who often scrap with each other for viral supremacy. The attention-seekers among them get a sugar rush of shares, the grifters get lots of money and the political careerists try to craft a future voting bloc.

Source: The good, the bad and the ugly side of lockdown protests

News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics

Gladys Berejiklian and Alan Jones

Andrew Bolt threads his way through this maze by attacking politicians who he says have “smeared” the people who took part in the anti-lockdown marches on July 25. At the same time he remains uncharacteristically agnostic on whether lockdowns are right. Last year Bolt was calling lockdowns an over-reaction. It evidently makes a difference when it is your side of politics doing the locking down. As Australia enters a pre-election phase, it matters what the Murdoch media do. Its newspapers represent about two-thirds of the nation’s metropolitan daily circulation, with monopolies in Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart. In August, Sky News will re-enter free-to-air television via several Southern Cross Austereo regional channels, which it claims will give it an audience of seven million. What the Telegraph does is particularly important because it is Murdoch’s main populist political attack dog in Australia. It circulates widely in western Sydney, where there are several ma

Source: News Corp walks a delicate line on COVID politics

The dangers of biased media narratives – » The Australian Independent Media Network

There is no better illustration of the dangers of biased media narratives – media inequality – than the differing perceptions about COVID-19 in NSW, as compared to Victoria.

Source: The dangers of biased media narratives – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Coronavirus: Germany, France return to lockdown as cases soar in Europe

All restaurants in France will be forced to close for at least a month under a new national lockdown.

Europe is bracing for a new spate of national lockdowns as coronavirus surges across the continent and threatens to fill hospitals with more patients than the first deadly wave of earlier this year.

Coronavirus: Germany, France return to lockdown as cases soar in Europe