Covidiocy may be about to end

Are we beginning to see the beginning of the end of Covidiocy? First this: England Ends All COVID Passports, Mask Mandates, Work Restrictions. Undoubtedly pushed along by the fact that no one in authority takes Covid seriously, only the media and the population. That is why all over the political class there are so few who wear masks in public unless they are being knowingly photographed. So in the UK:

Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home guidance will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday.

And now this as well: Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus.

With one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates and most pandemic-battered economies, the [Spanish] government is laying the groundwork to treat the next infection surge not as an emergency but an illness that is here to stay. Similar steps are under consideration in neighboring Portugal and in Britain.

A few examples.

PICTURED: Maskless AOC raises a cocktail at dinner in Miami Beach | Daily  Mail Online

Maskless Pelosi branded 'hypocrite' for breaking rules to get hair done at  shut salon after pushing Covid restrictions

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews fined $400 for mask breaches after he  admitted it was an 'oversight' | 7NEWS

Do you think that if they thought there was any serious danger they would behave like this?

There were a lot more than 20,000

The headline in the Sunday paper today read 20,000 rally in CBD. There were a lot more than that, as I did my own count as the procession passed by on Flinders Street.

This was my calculation. There were approximately 16 persons in each row of the procession. Each row passed by at the rate of one row per second (I took out my watch to time it) which is around 60 per minute. The parade lasted around an hour and a half.

So on my estimate, there were [16 X 60 X 90] people which comes to 86,400. Be conservative and make the estimate 60,000. Come half way back, call it 70,000. A lot more than the papers will want to have been true which is why they have taken that absurdly low estimate.

The paper also mentioned there were no arrests, and why would there be? This was not a crowd of radical lefties trying to instigate a confrontation. It was the most middle class crowd you would ever see. There were a few Eureka Stockade flags but many mothers with their children. These were people who may have had the vax themselves but will fight to the end to prevent their children being mandated these experimental vaxxines.

The papers are still, of course, in full-on scare everyone mode, with this now the top story at The Age: Two Omicron cases confirmed in Sydney. For me, though, the best sign of the day read:

Why are we closing the country because of the 38th most important cause of death in Australia.

Not my stat, but I could not agree more. And if this is true, the people who manage our communal affairs could not be more vile. Sent to me by a colleague.

Schools are having children wear yellow wristbands to easily identify those who have mask exemptions and/or are unvaccinated so that they can be segregated from their peers.

Obligatory ignorance

It is a curious thing that in the midst of a mass vaccination program of heretofore little used en masse vaccine delivery systems that OSHA adopts the following policy:

This left me thinking, what does OSHA’s antipodean relation, WorkSafe Victoria, do in this respect? Does it require employers to notify WorkSafe of any adverse events that occur following the administration of one of the three currently available COVID-19 vaccines or not? It certainly requires that employers notify WorkSafe of an positive cases of COVID among its workers. Looking at an employer’s obligations, it in fact doesn’t require that employers notify WorkSafe of any adverse events among its workers even when the vaccination is administered in the workplace! This is all the more extraordinary because employers in Victoria are being used by the state as its muscle, firstly bombarding them with pleas to vaccinate, then gaslighting them about potential adverse events often with the assistence of DoH personnel, and finally, presenting them with the choices of either getting vaccinated in order to remain at work or standing them down if they do get vaccinated. How that doesn’t violate the requirements of informed consent is still yet to be explained. It does, however, handball the problem of collation of any adverse events, to the Dept. of Health, requiring clinicians to report severe adverse events while the rest is to be left to individual patients themselves. But given the intellectual climate currently pervading the medical profession, which through its official organs, repeats ad nauseam the same lines generated by the government and BigPharma, this is hardly encouraging.

What an extraordinary state of affairs.

Scraping by as a vile parasite in society

“Papers Please” – New South Wales Australia Officially Celebrates Their First Day of Apartheid with The Introduction of Two Classes of Citizens

Read the story from the Conservative Treehouse that comes with the heading here. Includes this:

Liberty abandoned under the false guise of security can never be regained.

You will comply…. or you will scrape by as a vile parasite in society.  Yes, THAT is your freedom choice.

“Thus it is that no cruelty whatsoever passes by without impact. Thus it is that we always pay dearly for chasing after what is cheap.”  ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Do you think the government will not deploy these new registration papers (vaccine passports) to change the way citizens can behave or engage on other matters?  If so, you are a fool.  Government never gives up control of this scale and significance.

Guest Post: Cassie of Sydney – War declared in Victoria 

One of reasons why Victoria is in such a parlous state is because of the Victorian Liberal Party.  For decades now the Victorian Liberals have failed to provide any credible opposition to the Bracks, Brumby and Andrews’ Labor governments.  In the Westminster system ineffectual oppositions enable corrupt and inept Continue reading “Guest Post: Cassie of Sydney – War declared in Victoria “

Guest Post: Bar Beach Swimmer – Who has the right to work?

Humours of an Election, William Hogarth, 1755

When and how does a citizen in a democracy lose his or her right to work?  Up until 18 months ago, the only reasonable answer to that question would have been because the person had been found guilty of a crime that carried a custodial sentence: with their freedom forfeited, gaol would have taken away all their rights including their right to work.  

However, across Australia, but especially in Victoria and NSW, thousands and thousands of Australians have lost their right to work because of a virus.  Though it’s not been the virus per se that has removed that right; no, Continue reading “Guest Post: Bar Beach Swimmer – Who has the right to work?”

Fisking Ergas’s ‘Even true libertarians can support vax passports’

In Even true libertarians can support vax passports, (The Australian, 17 Sept), Henry Ergas made a very peculiar argument from a purportedly libertarian perspective in favour of vaccine passports. What follows is a traditional fisking of the entire Continue reading “Fisking Ergas’s ‘Even true libertarians can support vax passports’”

Guest Post: Augusto Zimmermann – The Unconstitutionality of Western Australia’s vaccine passport restrictions

In Western Australia, any resident who now leaves the State for New South Wales and is seeking to return “can apply to do so on compassionate grounds, subject to the following conditions … Have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine…”, an August 19th Facebook post from Premier Mark McGowan reads.

Section 51(xxiiiA) of the Australian Constitution states that no medical or pharmaceutical treatment can be imposed on anyone without his or her informed consent. This view is supported by the Nuremberg Code – an ethics code relied upon during the Nazi doctors’ trials in Nuremberg in 1947. This Code has as its first principle the understanding that “the voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential”.

Vaccination passports also directly violate section 92 of the Constitution.  Section 92 is written in relatively simple language to describe a basic concept that any trade, commerce and intercourse among the States shall be “absolutely free”.

Of course, when it comes to a purposive interpretation of section 92, surely there is no better source than John Quick and Robert Garran’s The Annotated Constitution of the Australian Commonwealth (1901). In this seminal work, Quick and Garran authoritatively stated:

[A]bsolute freedom of trade, commerce, and intercourse may be defined as the right to introduce goods, wares, and merchandise from one State into another, the right to sell the same, and the right [of citizens] to travel unburdened by State restrictions, regulations, or obstructions.

It goes without saying that vaccination passports undeniably violate the democratic principle of equality before the law.  In Leeth v Commonwealth (1992), the High Court held that this principle is embedded impliedly in the Australian Constitution. To conclude: vaccination passports are constitutionally invalid. They grossly violate the democratic principle of equality before the law as well as the free movement of Australian citizens within their own country.

Professor Augusto Zimmermann was a Law Reform Commissioner in WA from 2012 to 2017.

Vaccine passports are not inevitable

There are a number of problems with contemporary conservatism. One involves its near universal voluntary surrender of public office over the last 30 or so years to its enemies. Another is its fatal mistake of thinking that culture was downstream of politics, not vice versa. But the mistake I want to concentrate on today is its usual surrender to what it believes is now inevitable. Nothing encapsulates this better at present then Tom Elliot on 3AW Drive ‘conceding’ that we just have to prepare for vaccine passports and the two-tiered life that this will involve in the near future. Go to the 1:33:00 min mark and listen to the short exchange between Tom and a caller.

Beyond the ridiculous argument that the vaccine greatly reduces the chance of transmitting COVID at a large public event (the absolute risk reduction (ARR) is 1.3% at best; people that focus on relative risk reduction (RRR) and not ARR are being tendentious because the chance of catching it and getting sick are already quite low) you see him suggest at the end of the exchange that vaccine passports is ‘just where we are headed’. And if you think that being fully vaxxed means two doses now, sorry to inform you, passports will likely require you to keep up date, which means regular boosters, to remain valid.

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