Mater’s Mischief #6: This raises some interesting questions

Location: Central Canberra
  1. Will they be checking Vaccination Certificates?
  2. Will there be density limits (apart from between their ears)?
  3. Will it be considered ‘essential’ and be allowed to proceed amidst any Covid restrictions?
  4. Will Dan be the keynote speaker (with so many contenders to choose from in Victoria)?
  5. If so, will he make it up the stairs to the lectern, without incident?

What is not in question is their ability to find an empty venue in Melbourne to host it.

There’ll be no threats to venue management, and who else would risk organising anything in advance in Melbourne.

Mater’s Mischief #5: Our next American President/Prime Minister?

All the recent talk around our beloved national ‘Tory Fighter‘ (and opposition leader), brought to mind one of my favourite episodes in his acting career.

Of course, he’s not the only current high flying politician in the ‘Progressive Actors Guild’. Don’t worry if you don’t know who the other is, he often goes by his preferred screen name…Brandon.

Watch to the end, the lead story is far from the best.

They tell me that shared interests are good amongst politicians, it helps them find common ground. It should make for a great ice breaker at the next G20.

It’d be ok, if only they’d plagiarise a politician with a clue.

Mater’s Musings #48: YOUR risk of dying from Covid-19 – Part 2

Ok, due to the interest generated from my post yesterday, and the efforts to quantify the ACTUAL risk versus government propaganda, I took a path that is usually an enigma to my professionalism. I extrapolated off some grainy, low fidelity screenshots of government graphs which I found on the two relevant infographics (found here). I then used the age group percentage and applied it to the total Victorian case figure provided (18,628) to produce a rough number of cases per age group.

This is all pretty imprecise and, quite frankly, is an insult to my fastidious nature, but it does give a reasonable indication in terms of order of magnitude.

The claim (again):

Sources: Australian Academy of Science

The results from the very rough extrapolation of screenshots for the period 9 Jun-18 Oct 20, in Victoria:

So, as you can see, you need to be 70+ to be within cooee of the government provided figure. In fact, the figures for those below 50 years old show the government figure to be farcical.

The observant types will notice that they significantly understated the risk for those 70+ years of age…the very demographic which they SHOULD have been targeting, but given that the claim was published sometime after Aug 2021, it’s clear they were trying to scare the unvaccinated, younger demographic.

This is upside-down world stuff. Not what I’d expect from a responsible government.

Mater’s Musings #47: YOUR risk of dying from Covid-19

In its push to get you vaccinated, here we have the Federal Health Department giving YOU a definitive answer on what YOUR risk of dying from Covid-19 is:

Source: Australian Government – Department of Health (AZ Propaganda Webpage)

Where do they get that figure from, I hear you ask. Well, when you follow the link they provide, it takes you to the website of an organisation called the ‘Australian Academy of Science’. Take note that they have science in their title, as I’ll loop back to that in a bit.

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The Press – Solzhenitsyn: The Prophet

In June 1978, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn delivered the commencement address to Harvard University.

It was entitled, “A world split apart”, and boy did it cause ripples! The truth, it hurts!

If I were today addressing an audience in my country, examining the overall pattern of the world’s rifts, I would have concentrated on the East’s calamities. But since my forced exile in the West has now lasted four years and since my audience is a Western one, I think it may be of greater interest to concentrate on certain aspects of the West, in our days, such as I see them.

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn: A World Split Apart

I’ll be posting a number of the controversial elements from the speech, in parts.

It may have rubbed some in the West the wrong way at the time, but more than 40 years on, I find the words somewhat prophetic – and it took him less than four years to work it out, from flash to bang.

Strangely enough, though the best social conditions have been achieved in the West, there still is criminality and there even is considerably more of it than in the pauper and lawless Soviet society.

The press too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom. (I shall be using the word press to include all media.) But what sort of use does it make of this freedom?

Here again, the main concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no true moral responsibility for deformation or disproportion. What sort of responsibility does a journalist or a newspaper have to his readers, or to his history — or to history? If they have misled public opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, do we know of any cases of public recognition and rectification of such mistakes by the same journalist or the same newspaper? It hardly ever happens because it would damage sales. A nation may be the victim of such a mistake, but the journalist usually always gets away with it. One may — One may safely assume that he will start writing the opposite with renewed self-assurance.

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