Coronavirus Questions In The Australian Labor Party’s Maribyrnong

Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Carter, stresses “how important it is to practice social distancing – this is the most effective way to minimise the spread of this virus.”

Here is film of how teams of people “working” this week  to decontaminate public surfaces in the Maribyrnong shopping precinct were “social distancing”:

I wan to know:

A. Why are teams of 5-10 people who are employed to reduce the spread of Coronavirus violating “social distancing” rules over and over again in Maribyrning as they walk along the streets?

B. Who employs them? Is it the council?

C. Why dont they split into two groups and walk down each side of the street so that they could get more “work” done quicker and keep further apart more easily?

They dont keep one and a half metres away from each other and make it impossible for other people to use the footpaths legally. Is this a deliberate policy from Maribyrnong City Council to keep customers away from businesses which are in danger of going out of busines because of nanny state fear of freedom and fear of death?

The broad thrust of Coronavirus policy from the Scoialist Left leadership of Victoria seems to me to be to make certain that we get a new Great Depression so that the private sector will be ruined and the government will control everything.

Are They All Evil Or Just Plain Morons?

Is Maribyrnong City Council doing anything to moderate the stupidity of the over reactions in the name of a “safety”, which it is impossible to acheive, in order to save the economy on which people’s lives depend?

What I have just practisd above is freedom of speech.

Maribyrnong should try it sometime. They might learn something.

My father faced Japanese bullets for western freedoms on the beach at Balikpapan almost 75 years ago.

I will practice freedom of speech till the day I die.

Maribyrnong, you make me sick. (Specifically PTSD)

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Terra Nullius

PAX AMERICANA CANT GO ON

“Shelly” of San Diego writes:

“The virus and the shutdowns have hurt the American economy but the weaknesses were already there:

 

A. high national debt
B. over-reliance on imported goods,
C. bipartisan cronyism and corruption,

D. an overpriced medical system, etc.

 

If the virus hadn’t come along, some other external shock would have.

 

America, like ancient Rome, will be destroyed from within long before the actual enemy invasions begin.

 

I believe the dissolution of America is inevitable.

 

Pax Americana will end soon, if it hasn’t already.

 

The coronavirus reaching U.S. shores was like striking a match in a room packed with gunpowder.

 

Under most circumstances the amount of damage one spark could do would be limited but these are not normal circumstances.

 

“How can we turn back time and not strike that match?” is not the right question.

 

What we need to ask is:

 

“How did all this gunpowder get to be in the smoking room?”

 

– Shelly”

 

From Australia, I pray America can save herself.

Her freedom of speech gives her a chance.

Australia is not so lucky.

Down here  people just cannot identify problems clearly.

Geoff Fox, 20th May, 2020, Terra Nullius

Using Fear To Spread Socialism And Attack Human Rights

On the birthday of Karl Marx, let me count some of the ways fear is being used during the Corona-virus pandemic and has been used to spread Socialism and attack Human Freedom:

1. Premier of the Police State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has banned golf and said “I don’t need to play golf, and me playing golf is not worth someone’s life.” As if golf courses are not big enough to allow social distancing.

2. We are scared of approaching and touching each other.

3. Human contact is illegal.

4. Leaving our homes is also against the law.

5. Around the world countless threatened businesses want government bailouts. Is there a government in the world which can afford to give everybody everything they want?

6. U.S. Congress Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses the occasion of the pandemic to write, “We have to start demanding ……. that we strip profit motive out of our decisions and reprioritize for the public good …….” Whether this is right or wrong, it is not capitalism. It is not free enterprise. It IS socialism. How many of the congresswoman’s “demands” are affordable?

7. Marx himself wrote: ” ……. there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

8. In 1927 Mao Tse Tung first used the statement, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” at the start of the Chinese Civil War. Many other people like me prefer to follow Abraham Lincoln in believing that legitimate power is of, by and for the people. History has shown that Abe was right. Will the future agree?

Guys like President Lincoln didn’t just spread the Christmas spirit all year round.

He played a major role in creating it.

But Socialists like Daniel Andrews want to deprive people of the fresh air and sunshine which kills the Corona-virus.

God help us All.

Geoff Fox 5th May, 2020, Down Under

Obeying The Law But Staying Free To Be As Smart As We Can

The Corona-virus is a new and astonishingly difficult challenge.

No one really knows what to do now.

President Trump was ridiculed for asking if we could inject disinfectant.

And, on the surface, it wasn’t his best moment. But if you rephrase it to ask “Can the property or properties in disinfectant which kill the virus be isolated to be used medicinally?” then it is a much smarter sounding question. It is a creative guy thinking on his feet, thinking freely. This is what thinking outside the square is all about. And it needs genuine freedom of speech to work. Freedom matters. Especially when the entire human race does not seem to know what to do about a very real threat to the lives of very many people.

“Shelly” of San Diego has written this to me:

“I personally will be abiding by the social distancing measures until they are lifted because a) I am a law-abiding citizen. I believe in rule of law even when it’s inconvenient for me. and b) I don’t think we are past the danger yet. ………. Before we reopen as a country a couple of things need to happen: we need to have enough tests available for everyone, whether they show symptoms or not, and we need to have a reliable contact tracing program in place. I hope we will have those things soon but I’m living like the shutdown will go into fall just in case.”

I agree with Shelly about not breaking the law.

She is well aware of how hard it is to get both the economic and health issues right. (“It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.“)

But I make the following comments about easing the restrictions.

America is now leaving its flu season and approaching summer. So if the shutdown is still going in autumn, then only what would be perhaps the fastest produced vaccine in history will save America from a very terrible winter.

I am not sure that this pandemic is a danger we can get past in one or two or even more winters.

We may just have to get used to a reality where current life expectancy for human beings will be substantially reduced by this virus.

Most of the fatalities of Cornavirus are around my age (62) or older.

Is God the Father working with Mother Nature here to create a human cull on an over populated planet? Sparing the young but taking the last years away from people who have already enjoyed most of their lives?

This is a question from me not knowledge.

Only God is omniscient.

Geoff Fox, 29th April, 2020, Down Under.

 

Sam Houston and Herd Immunity Heroes

Sam at San Jacinto

 

The world does not know what to do about the Coronavirus.

“Shelly” a Millennial thinker from San Diego, California, writes this about the Opening America dilemma facing President Trump and many other leaders:

“Opening America up again is certainly a risky political move. Open too late and the economic consequences will be dire. Open too early and ICU’s get overwhelmed, with dire economic consequences anyway. It is a very delicate balancing act that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. All I can do is pray that President Trump will be guided by God and science to do what is best.”

It doesn’t hurt to look to the past for inspiration about what to do in the present.

On April 21st, 1836 ,the Texas army lead by Sam Houston engaged and defeated the Mexican army to win independence for Texas in a battle that lasted 18 minutess. Quick decisive victories can reduce all the terrible costs of war.  They are the hallmark of a leader who cares about people. Houston’s own definition of leadership is consistent with what he achieved that day: “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.”

In order for leaders now to achieve that goal, I believe we have to change the way that we think about the disease which has turned today’s human world upside down.

I do not like calling what is happening a war. It is a health crisis. It is a crisis for us because large numbers of people are dying and the possibility of these numbers increasing terrifies people. In seeking safety because of this fear, people are willingly destroying the economic social order by making social interaction illegal.

But since frightened people are using the language of war, I want to ask some questions.

First, who are the real heroes?

For me heroes are those who contribute to the cause of seeking victory unselfishly. What will victory look like and what actions will get us there?

The economic impact of lock-downs already seems worse than anything since the Great Depression. As a 62 year old I would rather take my chances with the Coronavirus and my God-given immune system than the risk of an economic catastrophe worse than the Great Depression during my final years on earth.

Is it any sort of victory if we further destroy the economy in order to avoid a disease which primarily kills many sick elderly people? Would that be good for people in any age group, including the elderly themselves? Current Texas Lieutenant-Governor Dan Patrick does not think so. On March 23rd he told interviewer Tucker Carlson, that he was willing to risk his own life to avoid an economic shutdown. On April 7, he announced a task force to look at reopening the Texas economy.

I would like to call Dan Patrick a Herd Immunity Hero.

To me his example looks like heroic leadership. What Sam Houston honoured when he said, “Do right and risk the consequences.”

I don’t trust the modern nanny state to give me a good life but real freedom can.

Pharmacology might give the world a vaccine next year. Any earlier would be a miracle.

As “Shelly” so wisely suggests, we must respect both God and science but perhaps all we can do is pray.

Geoff Fox, 10 a.m., 21st April (San Diego time), from Down Under

Remembering Mark Twain and Media Driven Fear Of Death.

Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910.

He could call out crap like few other writers in history.

What would he have said about the Coronavirus lockdowns?

We will never know.

Here is his risk analysis response in 1871 to an attempt by a railroad ticket seller to sell him insurance for a train trip:

“I hunted up statistics, and was amazed to find that after all the glaring newspaper headings concerning railroad disasters, less than three hundred people had really lost their lives by those disasters in the preceding twelve months. The Erie road was set down as the most murderous in the list. It had killed forty-six—or twenty-six, I do not exactly remember which, but I know the number was double that of any other road. But the fact straightway suggested itself that the Erie was an immensely long road, and did more business than any other line in the country; so the double number of killed ceased to be matter for surprise.

By further figuring, it appeared that between New York and Rochester the Erie ran eight passenger trains each way every day—sixteen altogether; and carried a daily average of 6,000 persons. That is about a million in six months—the population of New York city. Well, the Erie kills from thirteen to twenty-three persons out of its million in six months; and in the same time 13,000 of New York’s million die in their beds! My flesh crept, my hair stood on end. “This is appalling!” I said. “The danger isn’t in travelling by rail, but in trusting to those deadly beds. I will never sleep in a bed again.” (1871)

Two years later here is what Mark Twain had to say about the newspapers of his era: “It seems to me that just in the ratio that our newspapers increase, our morals decay. The more newspapers the worse morals. Where we have one newspaper that does good, I think we have fifty that do harm. We ought to look upon the establishment of a newspaper of the average pattern in a virtuous village as a calamity.” (1873)

And: “It has become a sarcastic proverb that a thing must be true if you saw it in a newspaper. That is the opinion intelligent people have of that lying vehicle in a nutshell. But the trouble is that the stupid people — who constitute the grand overwhelming majority of this and all other nations — do believe and are moulded and convinced by what they get out of a newspaper, and there is where the harm lies.”

Perhaps what Mark Twain was doing in these quotes was calling out Fake News.

God Bless America, Freedom from Fear and Truth,

For me these are bastions for The Word in the modern world.

Geoff Fox, 21st April, 2020,for  Terra Nullius

 

Opening Up America Again

 

Donald Trump believes in freedom and he loves America.

How will his “Opening Up America Again” announcement work?

 

Whether the Corona-virus shutdowns are right or wrong, they are a massive reduction in freedom.

They also probably constitute a massive reduction in any nation’s chances of quickly developing herd immunity to the virus.

I believe that the nations which will come out of this crisis strongest are those which develop herd immunity first.

That will take strength, courage and sacrifice.

 

I don’t believe mankind has a better weapon against this virus than our own God-given immunological systems.

IMHO

In My HUMBLE Opinion.

(I am not God. I am not omniscient. I admit this is an opinion not knowledge. But I don’t believe any mortal human being knows for sure where the right balance is between the demands of economics and “safety” here.)

 

Is the race for herd immunity the real race between America and China now?

Geoff Fox, 17th April, 2020, Australia