A moment of zen

In case you missed it, there is the Victorian Premier (he’s upright – well done, Dan, try not to trip) – perhaps this will make him understand what the protests are about.

What’s most worrying? The idea that people – ordinary people – wouldn’t be shirty about the lockdowns.

There will be a crackdown

Protests are great – they keep government on their toes. Government should be in a permanent state of worry and concern that they are about to get a smack.

But the protests on 24 July were different as the times are different. But perhaps not quite as you think.

Government in the past year – along with big tech companies – have shown a willingness (indeed, an eagerness) to crack down on people and ideas they don’t like.

Not an idea like BLM which is violent. And communist. But people who question the government on its COVID-19 response.

In the US, the White House is now boasting that it is coordinating with Big Tech to silence dissent.

In other words, the US is promoting a social credit score as exists in Communist China.

The Surgeon-General’s report to destroy free speech can be found here.

Why is this a concern? To The Oz:

NSW Police will spend hours combing through footage of Saturday’s “freedom” rally to identify about 3500 protesters who flouted health orders and ran riot across the Sydney CBD over the course of three hours, resulting in more than 50 arrests.

There will be a large crackdown following this protest in the name of “public safety”. Maybe even the “full force of the law”

When the Big Tech crackdown comes on protestors, will they also target people who promote vaccine hesitancy like Therese Rein?

For the record, AZ is being sold at cost.

But then there is the reality of the danger: TGA links deaths of 44yo Tasmanian man and 48yo Victorian woman to AstraZeneca vaccine.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has been notified of two more fatal cases of the rare blood clotting disorder related to AstraZeneca.

One is a 44-year-old man from Tasmania, and the other a 48-year-old woman from Victoria, reported as a probable thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) case last week.

There have been 6.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine administered, and six deaths related to the first dose, the TGA has said.

There have been 87 cases of TTS to date.

Of the four previous deaths, three were cases of TTS and one was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).

Why don’t people trust journalists?

Clowns like his bloke make it so easy. Of course, even in Australia, everything is January 6.

Pretend it’s a peaceful protest and it’s all good.

Peter FitzSimons doesn’t like rich people

Which is odd as his wife chucked a wobbly when Channel nice wouldn’t let her trouser $40k a week. But you’d want that much actually to sit next to Karl.

Before we attack his Sun-Herald column, check this out from 1990:

That will never grow old.

So here’s the column, and the offending section … after you get past the self-promotion:

In my book on Charles Kingsford Smith I noted that “the history of aviation is the history of how, in the space of 66 years, mankind went from three foot off the ground, to one foot on the moon”.

Those years from the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk in 1903, to Neil Armstrong taking one giant leap for mankind in 1969 were indeed filled with wondrous feets of derring-do to thrill the soul, and they really were a part of all of the whole world taking a giant leap forward.

So where do the recent rocket flights by Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and their companions fit into that spirit? They do not.

The problem? Rich. American.

And there were carbon emissions.

That amount of money spent and emissions expended for the sake of expensive thrills for a mere handful of people is an obscenity in itself, and jointly emblematic of two of the world’s greatest problems right now: the growing gap between rich and poor, and the failure to get serious about cutting our emissions.

He finished with this from a “reader”:

The best comment on the whole thing came from one @BaronvonKlar: “Look, with this new ego-driven space race, if we wanted to boldly send billionaires where no billionaires have been before, we could have just sent them to the tax office.”

There’s too much to go through to explain how much he got wrong, but on the last point – the rich do pay their fair share.

Here’s the US data.

And Australian data.

Maybe that blow to the head did more damage than we thought.

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