Coronavirus: Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne linked to tower cluster

Coronavirus: Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne linked to tower cluster. By Rachel Blaxendale.

Victorian health authorities have confirmed a link between two COVID-19 cases in people who attended the Black Lives Matter protest in Melbourne’s CBD just over a month ago, and the cluster of at least 242 cases in public housing towers in the city’s inner northwest. …

Melbourne, 7 June 2020

The confirmation of the link follows 10,000 people attending the June 6 rally. The event went ahead after the Andrews government and DHHS advised people to “consider other ways to show support” for the Black Lives Matter cause, but backed a Victoria Police decision not to issue fines to those who attended.

While the confirmation stops short of establishing the protest as a cause of the public housing megacluster, it demonstrates clear links between the mass gathering, attendees who tested positive, and the state’s largest COVID-19 cluster to date.

It also poses new questions about when authorities first became aware of the risk to the 3000 residents of high rise public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne, who were last week subjected to the harshest lockdown in the democratic world.

So the Australian second wave wasn’t only due to a bungled quarantine. BLM has hurt Australia already!

Political virtue signalling is all fun and games until someone gets hurt — or someone’s civilization. (But only the non-left ever uses the word “civilization” any more. Ever wonder why that is?)

Trump’s Rushmore speech shows he may be hard to beat

Trump’s Rushmore speech shows he may be hard to beat, by Daniel Hannan.

I had all but written President Trump off. His style is ill-suited to a crisis. When growth was strong and unemployment was low, voters were happy to indulge his chaotic, self-pitying streams of consciousness. But when the coronavirus struck, his narcissistic gabbling suddenly started to grate.

As I write, Joe Biden leads by between 10 and 14 points and is comfortably ahead in key states including Florida, North Carolina, and Arizona. Many pundits are already calling it for the elderly Scrantonian, and they may be right. But over the past week, I have come to doubt the consensus.

What has changed? In a word, disorder. There is almost nothing that voters hate more. People who are usually centrist liberals become suddenly conservative when they see violence and unrest.

One thing I learned from 20 years in elected politics is that the silent majority is always larger than you think. In Britain, as in the United States, hooligans have been pulling down statues. And in Britain, as in the U.S., the media have absurdly tried to frame their vandalism as some sort of civil rights protest, as if all they wanted were equal treatment.

Ordinary voters smell a rat. They know that we live in open societies, where all adults have the right to vote and are treated equally in law. People can spot a hard-left insurrection when they see one. And when I say “people,” I don’t just mean “white people.” There are plenty of middle-class black people whose first reaction to the sight of youngsters smashing property is, “Where the hell are their parents?” …

First, those with what they call “fixed” personalities (wary, conservative, hierarchical, Trumpy) outnumber those with “fluid” personalities (trusting, liberal, open to new experiences). Second, people become more fixed, or Trumpier, when they fear social unrest.

And most important of all:

The chasm between the working classes and the smirking classes that created Trumpism in the first place is widening.

Great line: The chasm between the working classes and the smirking classes is widening.

On the one hand, the western media has never been more biased or nakedly partisan, which helps the left. (Indeed, where would they be without it? A: Much further to the right.) Biden up 10+ points.

On the other hand, the toxic political climate has never given shy voters a greater incentive to hide their true feelings from pollsters and colleagues, and only reveal them at the ballot box. Advantage Trump, but how much?

Calling this election in advance will probably be impossible.

Centrist opinion editor Bari Weiss resigns from The New York Times

Centrist opinion editor Bari Weiss resigns from The New York Times, by Eliza Relamn.

Weiss, who’s attracted widespread criticism since she joined the paper in 2017, was condemned by many Times colleagues after she wrote a series of tweets last month saying that the newspaper was in the throes of a “civil war … between the (mostly young) wokes the (mostly 40+) liberals.” …

“I’ve been mocked by many people over the past few years for writing about the campus culture wars,” Weiss wrote in her thread. “They told me it was a sideshow. But this was always why it mattered: The people who graduated from those campuses would rise to power inside key institutions and transform them.”

Weiss’ resignation letter makes for interesting reading. Yup, what people have been surmising about what happens in the New York Times was largely correct. Some excerpts:

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election – lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society — have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. …

Agree with us, or you get the treatment (reminds me of Canberra!):

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.

There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong. …Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery. …

The most significant newspaper in the world ain’t what it used to be, even three years ago:

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity — let alone risk-taking — is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.

Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired.

The radicals run the paper as a propaganda outlet:

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany. Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do.

Rod Dreher:

Every now and then, a young person will ask me what advice I have for someone who is thinking about becoming a journalist. My advice: don’t do it. If you are an honest person — whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between — you are going to live in constant fear of inadvertently causing a job-ending offense. You will end up a nervous wreck, or you will end up as a conformist drone, or you will end up jobless.

Eric Weinstein:

The Times has morphed into an activist rag — refusing to cover “news” unpaletable to their narrative, while ignoring key questions such as whether Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring was “intelligence related.” …

This is the paper in 2016 that couldn’t be interested in the story that millions of Americans were likely lying to pollsters about Donald Trump. … The paper that can’t report that it seeks race rioting. …

So what just happened [when Bari resigned]? Let me put it bluntly: What was left of the New York Times just resigned from the New York Times. The Times canceled itself. As a separate Hong Kong exists in name only, the New New York Times and affiliated “news” is now the chief threat to our democracy.

To be accepted in most professional circles in the US, and increasingly in Australia, you must concur with the opinions expressed in the New York Times (which are echoed by the ABC in Australia). Or else your career and your social acceptability both nosedive.

Those young postmodern bullies at the NYT are leading the West by the nose, down the gurgler. Just as they were indoctrinated, at university.

An important point is that Bari Weiss was a Democrat leaning journalist who openly wept when Trump was elected. The crazy left extremists forced her out.

Roger Stone Talks Commutation: Mueller’s Dirty Cops, Prosecutors Were “Sadistic, Arrogant”

Roger Stone Talks Commutation: Mueller’s Dirty Cops, Prosecutors Were “Sadistic, Arrogant”. From an interview of Roger Stone by Sean Hannity.

SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS HOST: As we told you, President Trump announced Friday he was commuting the sentence of Roger Stone. Just days before, Stone was set to start a three-plus-year prison sentence stemming from Robert Mueller’s Russian witch hunt.

Remember, Stone was convicted of process crimes relating to 2017, and statements he made to House lawmakers. In other words, lying before Congress. Huh. Adam Schiff presiding, the biggest liar in Congress.

Now, neither the Schiff show nor Robert Mueller produced one bit of evidence that Stone was working with anybody colluding with Russia. …

ROGER STONE, FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE: Well, this is the most horrible experience you can have because I see immediately why 99 percent of the people who choose to plead not guilty and go to trial lose, when you’re up against the horrific and deep-pocketed resources of the federal government and these really sadistic, arrogant, politically motivated prosecutors.

And I had a biased judge. I had a stacked jury. I had a corrupt jury forewoman. As my friend Tucker Carlson said, my trial was over before it started. …

Lie to damage Trump, or we’ll throw you in prison:

STONE: … on July 24th, Jeannie Rhee, who was heading my prosecution within the Mueller team, … made it very clear to one of my lawyers after a hearing … that if I would re-remember certain phone conversations I had with candidate Trump, if I would come clean, if I would confess, that they — that they might be willing to, you know, recommend leniency to the judge. Perhaps I wouldn’t even serve any jail time.

And I didn’t have to think about it very long. I said absolutely not. There was no circumstance under which I would bear false witness against the president. I was — I was just not willing to lie.

Now, in the last two days when I said that, people said you see Stone had the goods on Trump and he traded his silence for — for commutation. That is patently false. I never said that. I never implied that.

Going to the justice system is pointless in the culture war, because it is stacked in favor of the left.

Remember the optics when the Dept of Justice arrested Stone, on a charge of lying to Congress? A pre-dawn raid on his home with a dozen armed agents, with a tip off to the CNN so it got lots of coverage. Totally unnecessary to the task of arresting Stone (who is a 67 year old political type), but great theater.

Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men

Museum Curator Resigns After He Is Accused of Racism for Saying He Would Still Collect Art From White Men, by Robby Soave.

Until last week, Gary Garrels was senior curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). He resigned his position after museum employees circulated a petition that accused him of racism and demanded his immediate ouster.

“Gary’s removal from SFMOMA is non-negotiable,” read the petition. “Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?”

This accusation — that Garrels’ choices as an art curator are guided by white supremacist beliefs — is a very serious one. Unsurprisingly, it does not stand up to even minimal scrutiny.

The petitioners cite few examples of anything even approaching bad behavior from Garrels. Their sole complaint is that he allegedly concluded a presentation on how to diversify the museum’s holdings by saying, “don’t worry, we will definitely still continue to collect white artists.”

The museum curator is a white man. Perhaps his woke underlings wanted his job?

Tucker Carlson Announces ‘Vacation’ After Top Writer’s Racist, Sexist Posts Revealed

Tucker Carlson Announces ‘Vacation’ After Top Writer’s Racist, Sexist Posts Revealed, by Carla Russo.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson addressed the resignation of Blake Neff, a writer for Carlson’s show who quit soon after a CNN report revealed racist and sexist comments he had posted online.

Carlson admitted to the viewers of his show on Monday night that “what Blake wrote anonymously was wrong.”

“We don’t endorse those words,” Carlson said. “They have no connection to the show. It is wrong to attack people for qualities they cannot control.”

At the end of his show, the Fox News host announced that he would be going on a previously planned trout-fishing vacation for the next few days. …

Carlson’s fishing trip announcement isn’t the first time he’s said he was taking a break amid controversy. In August 2019, he claimed that white supremacy was a “hoax” and not a real problem in the U.S., sparking calls for his firing. In the face of that backlash, Carlson announced at the end of his show he would be taking more than a week off the air.

Other Fox News hosts have taken similar breaks in the face of controversy.

Bill O’Reilly went on vacation after news broke of his sexual harassment settlements, and he eventually left Fox News without returning to his show.

Of course, what the Huffington Post calls “racist” and “sexist” might not be by definitions that prevailed until a few years ago. The articles about Neff don’t actually quote his speech crime, which is suspicious. “White supremacist” is just the left’s new updated version of “racist!”, and means little.

Anyway, Tucker chose not to defend Neff. In today’s climate, it would surely be a distraction — and just give the left an opportunity to fling more mud at Tucker. He went on a holiday instead, which might be a good idea to cool off. Another example of the power of the left to cancel its opponents. See our post before Tucker’s response here.

George Pell: How I survived hell on earth

George Pell: How I survived hell on earth, by George Pell.

I was in solitary confinement for 13 months, 10 at the Melbourne Assessment Prison and three at Barwon Prison….

I had been convicted in December 2018 of historical sexual offences against children, despite my innocence, and despite the incoherence of the crown prosecutor’s case against me. ­Eventually (in April this year) the High Court of Australia was to quash my convictions in a unanimous ­ruling. In the meantime, I began to serve my sentence of six years.

In Melbourne, I lived in Cell 11, Unit 8, on the fifth floor. My cell was 7m or 8m long and about 2m wide, just enough for my bed, which had a firm base, a not-too-thick mattress, and two blankets. On the left as you entered were low shelves with a kettle, television, and eating space. Across the narrow aisle was a basin with hot and cold water and a shower recess with good hot water. Unlike in many posh hotels, an efficient reading lamp was in the wall above the bed.

Since both my knees had been replaced a couple of months before entering prison, I used a walking stick initially …

I was in isolation for my own protection, as those convicted of the sexual abuse of children, especially clergy, are vulnerable to physical attacks and abuse in prison. I was threatened in this manner only once …

One evening, I overheard a fierce argument over my guilt. A defender announced he was prepared to back the man who had been publicly supported by two prime ministers. Opinion as to my innocence or guilt was divided among the prisoners, as in most sectors of Australian society, although the media, with some splendid exceptions, was bitterly hostile. One correspondent who had spent decades in prison wrote that I was the first convicted priest he had heard of who had any support among the prisoners. And I received only kindness and friendship from my three fellow prisoners in Unit 3 at Barwon. Most of the warders in both prisons recognised I was innocent.

Hounded for his politics and his position, then convicted by politically-correct judges, Pell was eventually acquitted — but only after years of trials and 13 months in solitary confinement. The process is the punishment for disagreeing with the PC mob. This sad story doesn’t give us much faith in fairness or in our system. The values that made the West great are crumbling fast.

Black Lives Matter is reviving racist thinking

Black Lives Matter is reviving racist thinking, by Nick Cater.

The contrived message of BLM sits awkwardly in Australia, where slavery has never been legal and imperialism was practiced in its most enlightened form. …

Children are now taught that James Cook was an invader, not the explorer, navigator and cartographer we had previously assumed him to be. The term is used on the ABC without any reference to the facts.

Until recently, Governor Lachlan Macquarie was regarded as a liberal reformer who emancipated convicts, established the first school for Aboriginal children and returned land to Aboriginal control. Now he stands accused of genocide. …

The primitive tribalism of identity politics on a global scale:

Underpinning the new race narrative is the belief that destiny is determined by biology. To be born white gives access to a lifetime of privilege. To be born black is to become a member of an oppressed underclass, constantly beaten down by prejudice in an alien land.

Conceptually, it is a return to the theory that differences between people were determined by biology, not their culture. BLM’s fight on ‘anti-blackness’ portrays all black people as victims, regardless of how successful they might be in life.

It frames itself as part of ‘the global black family’, pushing the significance of skin colour to a whole new level.

BLM’s solution is not personal empowerment, urging black people to discover success through hard work and persistence. Victory will come through a collective, global struggle against violence by the state and the actors it sanctions.

Perhaps those who have ‘taken the knee’ in sporting contests are unaware of BLM’s revolutionary manifesto, which pitches the moment not just against racism, but also against ‘the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure’ which it pledges to disrupt.

Instead, it promotes ‘extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children’. …

The Australian flavor is incredibly weak:

In Australia, the movement has latched hold of Indigenous politics as its raison d’être. The concept of a universal fraternity of blackness that bundles the descendants of Australia’s first inhabitants with the descendants of African slaves is problematic.

The notion that disadvantage is a result of skin colour, rather than low education, remoteness, poor health or welfare dependency, is absurd.

Black lives multiplying:

Violence in US Streets Likely to Increase

Violence in US Streets Likely to Increase, by Greg Hunter.

Former CIA Officer and counter-terrorism expert Kevin Shipp says, “I think people need to understand that the violence you are seeing in the streets is going to increase leading up to November. We are seeing Black Lives Matter (BLM) mob thugs attack people just because they are white. … The riots and looting is going to get worse. …

“Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights movement at all. … Both of Black Lives’ leaders have come out and said we are Marxists, and we train our people in Marxism. … Black Lives Matter is essentially a terrorist organization, and yet these mayors and governors are leaving them alone. … It is an organization of anarchy bent on overturning our constitutional system and attacks churches, Christians and Jews. …

“My biggest fear is not martial law or the feds sending SWAT teams against Americans. My biggest fear is the mob will continue its violence. Black Lives Matter will continue their violence. There are going to be more attacks, more looting, more robberies, and this will start moving into the suburbs and even the farm areas. This sort of Marxist, racist violence will continue, and they see this as their moment.

“They are abusing the George Floyd incident and the Covid situation. This has been pre-planned for some time. They were just waiting for the right fuse to light the dynamite stick. …

Every Marxist movement in history has used fear as its greatest weapon. A lot of these people giving to BLM are afraid. They don’t want to be attacked by the mob. So, they say let’s just accept the mob, support the mob, contribute to the mob, and then the mob will leave us alone. …

Yet:

The DNC is in jeopardy, and it looks like Donald Trump, right now, will probably be reelected despite what the media says. They are terrified by that, and the reason we are seeing all this violence and threats is because they are terrified. My point is that’s a good sign. We are over the target.

Biden’s 2020 Party Platform Proposal Seeks to Abolish America’s Suburban Communities

Biden’s 2020 Party Platform Proposal Seeks to Abolish America’s Suburban Communities. By Warner Huston.

Joe Biden’s radical proposal for the Democrat Party platform for 2020 seeks to put an end to America’s suburban communities by forcing low-income housing into every neighborhood and flooding every community with immigrants, legal or otherwise.

The proposal, known as the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations, would provide instant amnesty and a pathway to U.S. citizenship for the 22 million illegal aliens now living in the nation. Astoundingly, it would also give legal status to all the world’s refugees regardless of the legitimacy of their claim to the status.

But on top of all that, Biden and Sanders are proposing that Barack Obama’s so-called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rules will be put into full force. … The Obama AFFH rules would force every single American city or town to add section 8 and so-called “low-income” housing in every community.

So with open borders and housing in nice suburbia for every immigrant, why wouldn’t half the world move to the USA? Fundamental transformation, or what?

I wonder if the Roman empire was flooded with newcomers when it got so successful? It certainly became less virtuous and able, and of course ultimately was unable to defend itself from barbarians who conquered it and picked over the remains. The Dark Ages followed.

hat-tip Stephen Neil

Scans Reveal Heart Damage in Over Half of COVID-19 Patients in Study

Scans Reveal Heart Damage in Over Half of COVID-19 Patients in Study. By Kahmira Gander in Newsweek.

The study involved 1,216 patients … They each had an echocardiogram, a type of ultrasound scan for the heart, between April 3 and 20. …

667 (55 percent) had abnormalities in their scan and one in seven participants had what researchers described as “severe abnormalities” … On average, the participants were aged 62, and 70 percent were male. …

After the team excluded patients with existing heart conditions from their analysis, the proportion of abnormal scan results and those with severe cardiac disease was similar. This suggests that the issues were related to COVID-19, they said. …

Co-author Professor Marc Dweck, consultant cardiologist at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., said … “Damage to the heart is known to occur in severe flu, but we were surprised to see so many patients with damage to their heart with COVID-19 and so many patients with severe dysfunction.

Good one China, sickening the world from your biowarfare lab.

The Deluge Of Uninformed Opinions

The Deluge Of Uninformed Opinions, by the Z-Man.

Bertrand Russel said, “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” …

In every Western country, the stupid drown out everyone else in the court of public opinion, but do so with a breath-taking degree of self-righteous sanctimony. The hallmark of the modern man is to have an opinion on everything, almost all of them wrong. …

Everything has been politicized to the point where every issue, no matter how small, becomes a moral signifier. Where you stand on the issue says something about you and your position in society. If you don’t have an opinion on an issue, it is assumed you are ignorant or possibly in league with dark forces, those who hold the “horrifically” wrong opinion. …

For example, for ten thousand years marriage was understood to be primarily about creating new people. The male and female are joined and the product of that union is their children. Then all of a sudden, for no obvious reason, the great and good asked the public to redefine marriage to mean two people sharing a bed and rent. They slowly whipped people into believing one side was righteous, while the other was evil, until they got a critical minority to accept the new morality. …

People naturally respond to their environment. To be caught outside the newly discovered timeless morality is to live as a pariah. A way to avoid this is to loudly express the proper opinion about all subjects at all times. Those seeking to live in the elevated areas of modern life, the media, entertainment, government, corporations, must always be seen as inside the moral domain. Social media has become the platform on which they display their piety.

Of course, people look up for their social cues, so this endless bellowing about the accepted morality has trickled down to every nook and cranny of society. The suburban mom now feels compelled to ululate about racism on here neighborhood Facebook page, even though her neighborhood is totally white. Millions of YouTube actors repeat familiar chants like “there is no biological basis for race” despite the fact they have not the slightest idea what the phrase is supposed to mean.

We are living in a deluge of opinion, almost all of which is uninformed. Rather than living within a society structured by tradition, custom and habit, people now live in a world structured by mass opinion, shaped by a small group of gangsters at the top, who use the institutions of society to shape opinion. Everywhere the intelligent turn, they are confronted by the stupid and cocksure, screaming the latest opinions on the timeless morality that was invented last week. …

The reason the world feels like it is going mad is that the volume of the stupid and insane has been turned to eleven. The reason for that is the inevitable logic of liberal democracy. If fifty percent plus one determines the truth, whether it is the price of fruit or the level of taxation, it stands to reason that all truth must be exposed to the fifty percent plus one and judged accordingly.

This means today’s truth can easily become tomorrow’s heresy. All it takes in many cases is a few votes to change at the very top. … All of a sudden, two men playing house is a timeless conservative principle ….

In such a fickle perfidious existence, the self-righteous and stupid must be prepared to loudly proclaim their fidelity to the new truth, as soon as the new truth is on the horizon.

Amen.

As they say on the markets, “the trend is your friend”. But what do you do when you know the trend is built on lies and is unsustainable?