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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:40:52 PM on 7 August 2020.
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 GTC
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Forget the coronavirus – there’s another far more insidious pandemic that has emerged from the darkness and taken a swift grip on Australia.

It began festering in Victoria – namely Melbourne – several weeks ago but is rapidly spreading throughout the rest of the country, with recent examples of infection in Sydney and Brisbane.

No community is safe. No public health measure seems robust enough to slow the spread. We are all at risk.

It’s a pandemic of stupid.

Common sense, reason, and a belief in what’s best for all of us, not just individual whims and wants, have been strangled by this relentless illness.

Border jumpers. Anti-maskers and sovereign citizens. The ignorant and the uninformed. The misinformed. The selfish. The deeply complacent.

There are multiple components to the make-up of this virus.

Each on their own is dangerous enough in the right environment, but when combined, the risk posed to society is immense.


https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/the-other-pandemic-gripping-australia-stupidity/news-story/243c38ef42e058274fb799f1faf0018f


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 7:43:47 PM on 7 August 2020.
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Yep, idiots that just dont take it seriously.

We have people still worried about "global warming and carbon footprints" while not understanding that we are having a real crisis!
This mutating series of virus could take out humanity while dingbats are arguing about a bit of warming and polar bears!
(what do the jerks want? the whole planet iced over like it was in the last big ice age?)
This lot tops Black Death, the Pestilence and anything else by heaps, its only because we have such advances in medicine we have, that whole populations have not died.

Wake up Stupid!

Fred.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 8:26:24 PM on 7 August 2020.
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The alarming problem here is that, as is fairly well known, you can't fix stupid.

QUOTE: [Cornell University psychologist David] Dunning's premise based on thousands of interviews seems to demonstrate that dumb people don't – or rather can't – tell they are stupid. In fact, the very factors that impose human incompetence also make them incapable of realising it.


https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/opinion/ct-ptb-david-rutter-stupidity-st-0204-20150203-story.html


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:59:46 PM on 7 August 2020.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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To be fair, I think perhaps it's very possible that with all that's going on with the virus , economy, job losses and the constant death tolls on the TV and Radio etc ,That some people maybe losing their mind a little, call it a break down or PTSD whatever.
So I would imagine there are many people acting in a manner they have not done before with all this stress and negatively about the place now. It's quite possible they see no future for themselves . What we all need is some nice things to happen for awhile.

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:59:09 PM on 7 August 2020.
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Did have one of those nice funny moments this morning. Organising breakfast & psyching myself up to go into town, get the mail & go grocery shopping in the baby sit that had not been on the road since 28th Feb.

Anyway, left one of the kitchen doors open, so a very few minutes later one of the Butcher Birds is sitting on a chair lined up at the table: Cheek. Luckily the phone was next to me & I did take a couple of happy snaps.

This for the psychics, it was a real "Messenger Bird", however, the message was quite clear. I'm a freeloader: "Feed Me".

As for spreading the Virus: We have a bunch of clowns with no idea of biosecurity in Melbourne & Sydney and until they realise that their attempts have more flaws than the Rialto has floors, they have not got a hope in hell of stopping it: They are actually by there perhaps, deliberate stupidity spreading it.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 6:43:56 AM on 8 August 2020.
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 Location: Albury, NSW
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Victoria was hit hard by the 1919 Flu epidemic too,I think there were about 4000 deaths in Vic . I read an article that said by Christmas they predict that the unemployment will jump another 450 thousand people !!!! If that's the case it will take Victoria years and years to get on its feet. I don't think it would recover as fast as NSW would be able too.
Be like the Grapes of wrath in Vic .

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 9:55:55 AM on 8 August 2020.
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I think it has got to the point where all images of Chairman Dan should be as the Grim Reaper: Cannot do anything that works like the rest of our Bureaucrats. Purge needed.

Marc


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 10:22:11 AM on 8 August 2020.
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20,332 cases of covid in Oz now.
But they can't blame all that on Dan, he made some boo boos that's for sure.
The other states may still make boo boos yet.

Pete


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 11:31:17 AM on 8 August 2020.
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I agree with you Pete, except that 20,332 is the total accumulative cases, not current active ones.

As far as the blame game goes, I'd be focusing my attention more on the "reputable" security firms who sub-contracted out the work to sub-contractors, who in turn sub-contracted out to other sub-contractors. (for hotel quarantine)

The agreed hourly rate for each guard was $70 - $80 per hour, which included the "reputable" security firms cut. By the time it went down the chain of sub-contractors the guards were lucky to see $20 per hour. Some didn't get paid at all.

So really, it was unregulated greed that caused the mess that we are now in.

Another thing is that the quarantine guards then let the virus loose among the migrant enclaves situated in an arc around the outer northern & western parts of Melbourne. This in turn spread the virus in to the age care centres via the low paid workers who work there. (another example of greed on behalf of the owners of the age care industry).

And yes, the same thing could happen in Sydney. I'm kind of thinking mainly in the south-west & along the T3 train line. But hopefully the rest of the country has learnt a lesson from what has happened in Melbourne.


 
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