Australia is officially in recession, the first time in 30 years, as it suffers from a disastrous economic fallout of the virus pandemic.
Tony Abbott, the former Australian prime minister, warned Tuesday, in a speech to the UK think tank Policy Exchange, that virus “hysteria” and draconian lockdowns are perpetuating the economic slowdown and have created a “something for nothing mindset” among younger generations living on furlough.
He said, “much of the media has indulged virus-hysteria with the occasional virus-linked death of a younger person highlighted to show that deadly threat isn’t confined to the very old or the already-very-sick or those exposed to massive viral loads.”
Abbott accused Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews of being a ‘health dictator’ by placing five million Melburnians under “house arrest.” He said politicians need to stop acting like “trauma doctors” and start adopting the mindset of “health economists” – as reckless money printing to sustain the country’s economy during lockdowns isn’t sustainable
“From a health perspective, this pandemic has been serious. From an economic perspective, it’s been disastrous,” Abbott said. “But I suspect that it’s from an overall wellbeing perspective that it will turn out worst of all.”
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Bill Gates’ influence over the media has been exposed after a nonprofit group discovered that the Gates Foundation has donated over $250 million to major media outlets.
The finding helps explain the positive coverage Gates has received during recent months, particularly over the promotion of his vaccine agenda, Columbia Journalism Review reports.
“I recently examined nearly twenty thousand charitable grants the Gates Foundation had made through the end of June and found more than $250 million going toward journalism,” said CJR’s Tim Schwab. “Recipients included news operations like the BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublica, National Journal, The Guardian, Univision, Medium, the Financial Times, The Atlantic, the Texas Tribune, Gannett, Washington Monthly, Le Monde, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.”
Schwab points out the ethical dilemma of billionaire philanthropists bankrolling the news; an arrangement that allows media giants to push their agenda and control the public’s perception of them.
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British Transport Police were caught on camera physically assaulting and pepper-spraying a man who claimed to have underlying health conditions keeping him from wearing a face mask while on the train.
“You’re not allowed to touch me,” the passenger tells the officer at the beginning of the video, now seen over 3 million times. “I do not have to wear a mask. It’s against the law to challenge me as well.”
The masked officer then begins grabbing the man by his arms and clothes and threatens to “spray” him.
After threatening to pepper spray the man, fellow passengers can be heard shouting, “He’s done nothing wrong!” and “He’s got a medical condition.”
The Ohio Department of Health (OHD) has partnered with FEMA to create “sheltering facilities” for people suspected to exposed to coronavirus who are unable to quarantine at home.
A director’s order published on the official OHD website outlines how the State of Ohio and FEMA, under “emergency protective measures,” will set up “non-congregate sheltering for those who are unable to safely self-quarantine in their place of residence and to isolate those diagnosed with or showing signs of COVID-19.”
The facilities are designed to hold people who have been “exposed” to coronavirus but don’t need hospitalization and those deemed “asymptomatic high-risk individuals needing social distancing as a precautionary measure.”
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency is in the process of identifying both public and private facilities that could be re-purposed as sheltering facilities.
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In a story that flew under the radar last month, the University of North Carolina unveiled a system that will enforce the wearing of face masks by using facial recognition cameras to track all students entering campus facilities.
CBS News reported that the UNC developed the “Health Greeter Kiosk” to display an alert every time a student passed through without wearing a mask and ask them to comply with the mandate.
Steven King, an associate professor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism told CBS that the university teamed up with Hong Kong-based Lenovo’s artificial intelligence department to develop the system.
The system was also designed to trigger if students fail to comply with social distancing measures.
A school in the UK has vowed to exclude students who make jokes about coronavirus.
Pupils at the Ark Alexandra Academy in Hastings, East Sussex, “could be excluded for “malicious coughing or sneezing” or making “inappropriate” jokes about the coronavirus pandemic,” reports the Independent.
In a letter sent out to parents, the school said that any student caught violating the rules will not be allowed to return “until a risk assessment and we can be assured that the student will adhere to all our expectations.”
An affiliated school, Ark Byron Primary Academy in Acton, west London, has also said that students who refuse to follow social distancing rules will “immediately be moved to a separate area.”
“Worth remembering that Milan Kundera’s satirical novel The Joke about a man whose life is destroyed after he makes an inappropriate gag on a postcard to his girlfriend was set in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia,” writes Toby Young.
A NYT investigation based on data from three states concluded 90% of COVID-positive people don’t carry a large enough viral load to be considered contagious.
“In three sets of testing data that include cycle thresholds, compiled by officials in Massachusetts, New York and Nevada, up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus,” the Times reported on Saturday.
Essentially, while millions of Americans are living in a “lockdown” society full of social distancing, mask mandates and plastic barriers, the majority of those infected by the virus are incapable of spreading it in the first place.
If the data from the three states were applied nationwide, it would mean only 4,500 Americans are capable of spreading COVID-19 to others.
As of now, the most commonly used test in the U.S. is a PCR, which only confirms the virus’ genetic material and doesn’t report the amount.
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More than 1,500 guests watched, laughed and cheered on President Donald Trump from the South Lawn of the White House Thursday night, the vast majority without masks or six feet of separation.
Photos show Gov. Tate Reeves was one of them.
The snapshots, which quickly circulated through social media, serve as a direct contrast to a photo Reeves himself tweeted before Trump addressed the crowd: a selfie with First Lady Elee Reeves that showed both of them wearing masks that support the president.
That visual evidence marks the third time since June that Reeves chose not to wear a mask at a public event, though Thursday night had by far the largest crowd.
Some Mississippians — still required to wear masks until Monday — call it a double standard.
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Parents swarmed the Massachusetts State House on Sunday to protest a flu shot mandate declared by state health officials earlier this month.
Hundreds attended the protest at Beacon Hill to push back against mandatory vaccinations – not for COVID-19, but the flu, after Massachusetts public health officials announced it would be required for all school-age children, from infants to college-age students.
The requirements make Massachusetts the first state to mandate the flu shot for babies, K-12 and college-age students.
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As countless Austinites struggle to afford food and rent because of government shutdowns, are local officials actually using good data to justify crippling citizens’ livelihoods?
This week, Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott downgraded the city to Stage 3 on their self-created “risk-based guidelines” chart, saying at a press conference last week that coronavirus hospitalizations are declining and overall case numbers are falling.
“Our hospitals continue to be in a better situation. The hospitalization numbers continue to decline,” Escott said.
Furthermore, Dr. Escott said much of the recent “spike” of new cases was, in reality, a “reporting error,” a backlogged pile of state laboratory data they just received earlier this month that contained cases dating back as far as April. Dr. Escott said he and his staff checked through those cases and found a majority of them were duplicate records that they had already investigated. Escott’s staff also found that 40-50 percent were no longer active cases.
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