Italy, China and Covid-19 By Brian Simpson

     Here is an informative article showing why Italy has been so severely hit by Covid-19. It all has to do with Chinese migration. Well, blow me over, who would have thought that immigration could have any fault at all, being a gift of the gods?
  https://www.amren.com/features/2020/04/italy-china-and-the-coronavirus/

“For decades, a large, sometimes hostile Chinese community has worked in the Italian fashion and textile industries. Immigrants — legal and illegal — started as a cheap, “exploited” labor source that allowed high-fashion companies to slap a “Made in Italy” label on products churned out in sweatshops. Now, Chinese own many off-the-books factories, ignoring employment and safety laws, and dodging taxes. They are also carving out a competitive niche in the fashion industry, and even buying up iconic Italian companies. Was the China connection the reason the coronavirus outbreak hit Italy so hard and so early? So much immigration has been illegal — and so many Chinese factories don’t even exist on paper — that contact tracing and other disease control measures were impossible. Where did the Chinese come from? How many are there? The first Chinese migrants settled in Milan and Turin in the 1930s, with a few more trickling in over the next decades. Many were peddlers, and some opened family workshops for leather goods. In 1975, there were only 402 Chinese adults in the country, but more arrived during the early 1980s. Like earlier migrants, they came mostly from Zhejang Province in southeast China, especially the coastal city of Wenzhou. In 1986, Italy granted 1,618 residency permits to Chinese. In 1996, it granted 16,200, and in 2001, the figure was almost 69,000. The number of illegals was unknown. In 1986, 1990, 1995, 1998, and 2002, Italy passed a series of amnesties and “reforms,” and every one of them encouraged immigration. For example, in 1995, the government let illegals stay in the country if they registered with police. In 1998, a liberal government passed a law that let any public entity (including immigrant advocacy groups and NGOs) sponsor migrants. Immigrants got access to the medical system and can now bring in relatives through “family reunification schemes.”

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It Was all for Nothing By Peter West

     Many World War II vets feel that their sacrifice was all for nothing, and I think that they are right:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1229643/This-isnt-Britain-fought-say-unknown-warriors-WWII.html

“Sarah Robinson was just a teenager when World War II broke out. She endured the Blitz, watching for fires during Luftwaffe air raids armed with a bucket of sand. Often, she would walk ten miles home from work in the blackout, with bombs falling around her. As soon as she turned 18, she joined the Royal Navy to do her bit for the war effort. Hers was a small part in a huge, history-making enterprise, and her contribution epitomises her generation's sense of service and sacrifice. Nearly 400,000 Britons died. Millions more were scarred by the experience, physically and mentally. But was it worth it? Her answer - and the answer of many of her contemporaries, now in their 80s and 90s - is a resounding No. They despise what has become of the Britain they once fought to save. It's not our country any more, they say, in sorrow and anger. Sarah harks back to the days when 'people kept the laws and were polite and courteous. We didn't have much money, but we were contented and happy. 'People whistled and sang. There was still the United Kingdom, our country, which we had fought for, our freedom, democracy. But where is it now?!'

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Biology Destroys Neo-Liberalism By Brian Simpson

     Thinkers are already speculating about the effects of the second rounds of Covid-19, while of course, the Dissent Right is still divided as ever. There are even debates about the method of transmission, with some thinking it could be highly airborne, travelling on air pollution particles:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/scientists-find-more-evidence-novel-coronavirus-can-travel-air-pollution-particles

“Now, a team of researchers who have been studying air pollution levels in Italy's Bergamo Province have found more evidence that the virus can travel on air pollution particles, the Guardian reports, which might offer some insight into the issue. Leonardo Setti at the University of Bologna in Italy, who led the work, said it was important to investigate if the virus could be carried more widely by air pollution.  am a scientist and I am worried when I don’t know,” he said. “If we know, we can find a solution. But if we don’t know, we can only suffer the consequences." To be sure, while the scientists found evidence of viral genetic material on air particles, the research offers no insight on whether these particles can actually transmit the virus in a way that would allow it to infect other humans. Here's more from the Guardian: The Italian scientists used standard techniques to collect outdoor air pollution samples at one urban and one industrial site in Bergamo province and identified a gene highly specific to Covid-19 in multiple samples. The detection was confirmed by blind testing at an independent laboratory. […]

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Taylor Swift; Be Careful Who You Criticise! By Michael Ferguson

     Pop singer Taylor Swift has done a lot of leftist things in recent times, but one part of leftism is to criticise the rich, and sometimes, the enemy of your enemy is your friend … no, still your enemy!
  https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/04/23/taylor-swift-slams-soros-familys-shameless-greed-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

“Pop star Taylor Swift said the Soros Family is driven by “shameless greed in the time of coronavirus” over their role in the digital release of an unapproved album composed of a live radio show performance she did in 2008.
The left-wing singer shredded Soros and power manager Scooter Braun in a lengthy Instagram message. “Hey Guys – I want to thank my fans for making me aware that my former record label is putting out an “album” of live performances of mine tonight. This recording is from a 2008 radio show performance I did when I was 18. Big Machine has listed the date as a 2017 release but they’re actually releasing it tonight at midnight,” Taylor Swift said. “I’m always honest with you guys about this stuff so I just wanted to tell you that this release is not approved by me.” the Grammy-winner continued. “It looks to me like Scooter Braun and his financial backers, 23 Capital, Alex Soros and the Soros family and The Carlyle Group have seen the latest balance sheets and realized that paying $330 MILLION for my music wasn’t exactly a wise choice and they need money.” “In my opinion… Just another case of shameless greed in the time of coronavirus. So tasteless, but very transparent,” Swift’s message concluded. Pitchfork reported that the album, Live From Clear Channel Stripped 2008, will be release on “digital storefronts and streaming services.” As Billboard notes, the album is called Live From Clear Channel 2008. It was recorded during a radio show performance and it has already been released in select timezones. In December 2019, Swift slammed Braun after he bought the rights to her music with funding from the family of left-wing billionaire George Soros.”

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When Conspiracies become Mainstream By Charles Taylor (Florida)

     With the last few drops of free speech left, before total New World Order corona darkness, let me say that I do think that all of this is a globalist conspiracy, and I would not be surprised that down the track something big will leak out, like 9/11, or the sinking of that boat that we are not supposed to talk about.
  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/u-s-intel-community-examining-whether-coronavirus-emerged-accidentally-chinese-n1185371

“The U.S. intelligence community is examining whether the coronavirus that caused the global pandemic emerged accidentally from a Chinese research lab studying diseases in bats, current and former U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. Spy agencies have ruled out that the coronavirus was man-made, the officials say. But scientists at a military and a civilian lab in Wuhan, where the virus originated, are known to have conducted ongoing research on coronaviruses, officials say. They say intelligence agencies have gathered and are weighing evidence that an employee of one of the labs could have become accidentally infected and left the facility with the virus. "It's a possibility, though not the most likely possibility," one official said. Asked about the intelligence on NBC's "TODAY" show, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said, "this is something we've been watching closely now for some time," adding that the results of the investigation are thus far "inconclusive."

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Let’s Not Re-Open the Universities at All! By James Reed

     Oh, the US universities are crying, as well they should, in this endgame of globalism, and these entities have globalism in their very name, which just has to be bad:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/math-not-pretty-covid-concerns-spark-existential-threat-many-colleges

“Colleges across the country are trying to figure out whether they can reopen campus this fall. Right now, it's a 50/50 shot. No one knows, and with a second coronavirus wave looming later this year, face-to-face classes might not be seen until early 2021. Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, said reopening colleges could be a drawn-out process and lead to a 15% decline in students, resulting in billions of dollars lost for schools. "The math is not pretty," Robert Kelchen, a student at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, told NPR News. "Colleges are stressed both on the revenue side and on the expenditure side." The transition to virtual classes has been epic. Schools in nearly every state have moved courses online in just weeks, triggering lawsuits filed by some students that claim refunds for tuition, fees, and room and board must be seen.  Dominique Baker, a professor of education policy at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, warned that every college would feel financial stress related to coronavirus lockdowns. NPR estimates that virus lockdowns are leading to significant losses for some universities:

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Rich Rats Have Deserted this Sinking Ship By John Steele

     I have been reporting on the elites buying up bolt holes in New Zealand for a SHTF moment. That time has come; in fact, they were off the starting gate even before IT started flying, which shows how money can buy survival, and survival in style, not the sort that yours truly goes by in his tent out in the scrub. Some news reports had it that the socialist femo government of NZ had clamped down on this buy up, but, like the rest of the West, everything is one big fire sale now:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/rich-americans-escaped-luxury-doomsday-resort-shelters-new-zealand-panic-grew

“New Zealand has become the 'doomsday resort' and #1 pandemic escape destination for America's rich. Those in Silicon Valley or Manhattan lucky enough to have caught the last international flights into Auckland before borders were shut to foreign travelers late last month — to say nothing of the uptick in private jets landing in the country even days after the ban took effect — in many cases for the first time moved into their multi-million dollar specially designed luxury doomsday bunkers. Bloomberg profiles how rich Americans escaped in droves just as US coronavirus cases began to explode, arriving in isolated and beautiful New Zealand over 1,000 miles off Australia's southern coast — and among the least impacted countries on the earth, currently at a little over 1,400 COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths, out of a population of almost 5 million. As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his multimillion-dollar bunker 11 feet underground in New Zealand," the Bloomberg story begins dramatically enough. “He went out to New Zealand to escape everything that’s happening,” Gary Lynch, general manager of Rising S Co., described of one elite bunker owner. “And as far as I know, he’s still there.” The Texas-based company specializing in high-tech luxury survival bunkers and homes has multiple such clients moving into what are often their third or fourth homes designed specifically for just such an apocalyptic pandemic or other scenario. “For years, New Zealand has featured prominently in the doomsday survival plans of wealthy Americans worried that, say, a killer germ might paralyze the world,” writes Bloomberg. The report describes further: Rising S Co. has planted about 10 private bunkers in New Zealand over the past several years. The average cost is $3 million for a shelter weighing about 150 tons, but it can easily go as high as $8 million with additional features like luxury bathrooms, game rooms, shooting ranges, gyms, theaters and surgical beds. The ultra-wealthy have long bet that New Zealand would be the safest place in the world to hunker down during a global crisis, and so far that bet is proving right.”

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Corona Riots Begin By Richard Miller

     The World Health Organization, which for the moment has taken top spot of hatred of all Dissent Righter like me, does not want their coronavirus lockdowns to be lifted … under pain of the virus getting a second life:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8239301/WHO-warns-lifting-coronavirus-lockdowns-gradual.html

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said rushing to ease coronavirus restrictions will likely lead to a resurgence of the illness. The warning comes as governments across the world start rolling out plans to get their economies up and running again. Dr Takeshi Kasai, the WHO regional director for the Western Pacific, said: 'This is not the time to be lax. Instead, we need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future.' He said governments must remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus and the lifting of lockdowns and other social distancing measures must be done gradually and strike the right balance between keeping people healthy and allowing economies to function. Australia said it will allow the resumption of non-urgent surgeries from next week as health authorities grow more confident that hospitals there will not be overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients. The reopenings come as politicians grow weary of soaring unemployment and the prospect of economic depression. Asian shares followed Wall Street lower on Tuesday after US oil futures plunged below zero because of a worldwide glut as factories, with cars and aeroplanes not being used. The cost to have a barrel of US crude delivered in May plummeted to negative $37.63 as traders run out of places to store it. It was at roughly $60 at the start of the year. Businesses which start operating again in the US are likely to engender goodwill with President Donald Trump at a time when his administration is doling out billions of dollars in relief to companies.”

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Mutual Obligations? A Contradiction in Terms By James Cook

     In the 1980s the term ‘mutual obligation’ [MO] was used in a way which caused me some concern. It was claimed by a ‘roads bureaucrat’ that the weighbridge operator had a ‘mutual obligation’ to report farmers whose
trucks arrived overloaded, before unloading at the wheat silos. This type of reporting was, in my opinion, very un-Australian and borders on ‘citizen’s surveillance’ found in totalitarian regimes. There was no thought of forgiveness because the farmer had to load as much as possible of his crop into the silo to avoid delays by weather or other harvesting problems. The same expression was used last week in relation to the government’s COVID-19 assistance packages, so I Googled ‘mutual obligation’ to find a recent definition and came across the attached article and appended below. We should be very concerned! The personal experience of the author navigating the bureaucratic labyrinths of Centrelink would be daunting to the most pugnacious citizen seeking help in a time of need. The concept of ‘MO’ today has its roots in a poorly devised financial system more in keeping with George Orwell’s Animal Farm, where all animals are equal but some are more equal than others.

     Are there any realistic solutions to the dilemma which so many people find themselves in this reputedly wealthy Australia? There certainly is and it has been known for 100 years but almost completely hidden from
public view! The solutions can be found in two Social Credit financial policies. These should not to be confused with the Chinese variety of ‘social credit’ that is the antithesis of Social Credit formulated by C.H. Douglas. The first policy is known as ‘The Just Price’. It puts the brakes on financial Inflation by balancing the cost of goods and services between the manufacturer and consumer, thus putting value into the ‘People’s Money’. It is a policy which eliminates Inflation which is the ‘root-cause’ of ‘evil centralisation’ leading to destructive business practises of amalgamation, rationalisation, unforgiving debt, and finally bankruptcy. The second Social Credit Policy formulated by
C.H. Douglas is ‘The National Dividend’—it is a payment made to all citizens as a ‘Right’ to their enjoyment of a wealthy Nation. Australia is a very wealthy Nation by world standards and if it was a ‘corporation’ we would expect Australia to be paying handsome dividends to its shareholders--but it is not! Adopting these policies alone would make no end of improvement to the well-being of people like the author of ‘Life on the Breadline’ and end the bureaucratic bullying to enforce ‘mutual obligation’. These two policies alone would make families stronger by reducing violence and deprivation to women and children. It would reduce the demand for higher pay and have a beneficial effect on employment and business management, because consumers could be sure their dollar was worth the same every day, year in, year out. Neither would be Inflationary because the policies are based on the ability of ‘national affordability’ only. Further discussion of the finer mechanics of implementation will only lead to obfuscation in the voter's mind and let their political Representatives evade their responsibilities of supporting desirable voter policies. Social Credit ‘financial policies’ are complimentary to the concept of a ‘Basic Income for All’ or ‘BIG’--but far better because Social Credit demands policy financing should be in the form of ‘credits’ rather than ‘debts’. There is no need to delve into the realm of Finance here other than YOU demand better results from your elected Representative or else change the way you have voted in the past, otherwise you will only receive more of the same.

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Corona Crash: How the Looters are Set to Destroy Us By Mrs Vera West

     Great article by The Thinking House wife, and  mind you all house wives, resisting feminism must be thinking, although we are underrated:
  https://www.thinkinghousewife.com/2020/04/why-the-lockdowns/

“The Corona lockdowns have nothing to do with the virus. We are witnessing the controlled demolition of our economic system. Its collapse will be blamed on the virus. This recent interview with German author Ernst Wolff is highly relevant. “It’s a deliberate induction of a crash,” he says. “And, in the end, [the economy] is being plundered …. We are witnessing a looting orgy by the major investors.” “The hysteria surrounding the Coronavirus serves the purpose of dispossession, They will need to have the people under control.” “We are witnessing an internationally orchestrated, fascistic financial coup.”

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Approaching Infinite Corona Unemployment! By James Reed

     This is sombre news for Australians as the projected unemployment from the coronavirus pandemic could lead to one quarter of the workforce being unemployed. And, once small businesses lose the critical momentum to keep going, they simply may not be able to restart. I walked through the city to find a place where I could use a computer, no easy task in itself, but it was all a ghost town, shops closed everywhere. It reminded me of the deserted streets scene form post-apocalyptic movies such ads On the Beach (1959):
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMzEWpKKOZs&list=PLLt_OPRHy_8iZyl7a5A7-V-TWmI3MavJx
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNju8IjExn4
  https://theconversation.com/the-charts-that-show-coronavirus-pushing-up-to-a-quarter-of-the-workforce-out-of-work-136603

“We knew it would be bad. But we’d hoped it wouldn’t be quite this bad. Over the past few weeks, we at Grattan Institute have been working on ways to estimate the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on jobs in Australia. It’s a complex task, with few obvious precedents. The results, detailed in our new working paper, “Shutdown: estimating the COVID-19 employment shock”, are worrying. Our estimate is that between a sixth and a quarter of Australia’s workforce is likely to be out of work because of the COVID-19 shutdown and social distancing. It derives from two sources of information. The first is data from the United States on the extent to which each occupation requires workers to be near other people. The “physical proximity” requirements of a job are generally likely to be a good guide to how likely it is the job can continue during the shutdown. The second source of information is a set of estimates by Grattan researchers of the extent to which jobs are under threat in each of 88 industries in Australia. Our preferred method for estimating the hit to jobs combines both these sources. We also use two alternative methods, each of which is relying on a single source of data, which are outlined in our working paper. Our preferred method finds that about 26% of workers – 3.4 million Australians – could be thrown out of work as a direct result of the shutdown and social distancing. The alternative methods produce figures that are lower, but still distressingly high.”

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Be a Uni Student, Criticise China and Face the Consequences By James Reed

     Yes, it is happening right here in Australia, and let’s quote from one of the big US mainstream publications, rather than smaller internet ones, that rip into the uni involved. And, this is to show that the story has gone right around the world, and the eyes of the international community are … watching:
  https://reclaimthenet.org/drew-pavlou-queensland/?utm_source=amerika.org
  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/student-known-as-vocal-critic-of-china-faces-expulsion-from-australian-university/2020/04/16/1a1e0a9a-7ee0-11ea-84c2-0792d8591911_story.html
  https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/16/university-of-queensland-takes-disciplinary-action-against-pro-hong-kong-student-activist
  https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/04/17/greek-australian-student-faces-expulsion-from-university-of-queensland-for-china-criticisms/

“An Australian university with close links to China is taking disciplinary action, including possible expulsion, against a student known for his criticism of Beijing, in a case that has triggered a free-speech debate and renewed scrutiny of colleges' reliance on Chinese students. The University of Queensland, which refers to itself as “partners in the global economy” with China, last week sent 20-year-old philosophy student Drew Pavlou a 186-page dossier detailing 11 allegations against him, including that he failed to pay for a pen at a campus art shop and damaged the university’s reputation by condemning police attacks on student protesters in Hong Kong in November. The disciplinary action alleges he ridiculed, satirized and mocked the university’s relationship with China, including posing in a hazmat suit outside the college’s Confucius Institute — one of many such facilities on Australian campuses whose operations and influence are being scrutinized as part of a government review. Pavlou, who has criticized China’s repression of its Uighur and Tibetan minorities and supported Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters, was told that his fate would be determined at a two-hour meeting with university officials on April 27, according to a person familiar with the document. “I’m really concerned,” Pavlou said in an interview. “I think it’s really just an attempt to get back at me for my political views and activism, which has made things difficult for the university with their relationship with the Chinese government.” Even in a country without explicit free-speech protections, the university’s disciplinary action against one of its most prominent students is considered highly unusual. In July, Pavlou was involved in a scuffle, and said he was punched by pro-Beijing students, during a rally in support of Hong Kong’s democracy movement at the university’s Brisbane campus.”

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The Joy of a Large Family By Mrs Vera West

     With all the terrifying news, how about something old school and wholesome for a change? Not that there is much of this, but the little I find I report, and I would rather be doing this in a better world than my present “day job,” but it is, what it is:
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8229013/Mother-ten-keen-increase-brood-TWELVE.html

“A mother who's had 10 children in 10 years with her pastor husband, is keen to increase her brood to 12 - just like the couple in the 2003 Steve Martin comedy, Cheaper by The Dozen. Courtney Rogers, 36, who was a virgin bride when she married Chris Rogers, 32, in October 2008, has not been without a baby bump for more than nine months since tying the knot. The couple who live in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, have just one 'date night' away from their children each year. They have six boys and four girls aged between nine months and ten years, all of whom are home-schooled and ferried around their neighborhood in a 15 seater van. The family lives on a 12 acre plot, spending around $1,200 (£975) each month on food. In January the family went on an economy drive in order to save money; they stopped eating out and making fun purchases, because it was costing them well over $1,000 (£812) a month. The children are happy to wear hand-me-down clothes and shoes, and the family shops in the sales to cut costs. Once a year they enjoy a family holiday for a week, camping near relatives in Georgia, 1,500 miles away - which costs them $1,000 (£812) for travel and expenses.”

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Re-build Muscle not Flab By Viv Forbes


     In order to kill Corona-wasps in the ceiling, politicians have knocked our economic house down. Now they dream of rebuilding the house by driving at full speed into the borrow-and-spend swamp. National Cabinet will soon find that Australia-after-Corona can’t afford a bloated public service, an overmanned and overpaid academia, throngs of able-bodied people on long-term welfare, too many tax-exempt foundations, endless donations to worthless UN fiefdoms and talk-fests, and a huge import bill to pay for all the things we once made here. Nor can we afford all the resources being wasted on dysfunctional submarines designed in Canberra, power systems mandated by the UN, Snowy 2 Green elephants, climate alarmism, emissions targets and green energy molly-coddling. We must re-build economic muscle not flab. Start with a couple of clean, modern reliable coal-fired power stations. This cheap reliable electricity may restart some defunct processing and manufacturing industries. Then build our submarines as they were designed – nuclear powered. Already there are no surpluses to spend on subsidising every struggling consumer and failing business. And a tidal wave of borrow-and-spend will just destroy the currency. As in post-war Germany, recovery can only come if governments slash taxes, repeal useless red and green tape, remove all barriers to new dams, railways, roads, power stations, mines and exploration, and encourage science and engineering education. They must doze the road blocks and then keep out of the way.

     Since the days of the First Fleet, Australia has relied on our great primary industries – farming, mining, forestry and fishing. The pioneers started exporting wool, hides, tallow and timber; then came the gold rushes and great finds of silver, copper, lead-zinc and tin; our meat, cereals, sugar, butter and eggs fed allied soldiers through two world wars; and a bonanza of coal, oil, gas, iron and aluminium financed the baby boomers and the extravagant politicians of that era. When mining had a recession, farmers came to the rescue and vice versa. They also helped finance a continent of roads, railways, power stations, and dams and provided productive jobs for a growing population and a flood of migrants. If they were not so hampered by taxes, regulations and employment barriers, our farmers, foresters, fishers, engineers, explorers, miners, metallurgists, tradesmen and workers can pull us out of this hole too. They could even rebuild some of the great secondary industries lost because of our uncompetitive electricity and overheads.

Chinese to Buy Virgin By Bruce Bennett, or: 布鲁斯·贝内特 Bùlǔsī·bèi nèi tè!

     That is my new Chinese name, as I am transitioning, not in terms of gender, long gone, but ethno-nationally, as I become Chinese, to get into the coronavirus spirit of Western implosion and Chinese triumphism, not Trumpism. Being a pathetic loser all of my life, I want to get on the side of the winning team! At first, I thought that the headline showed that Australia was so bad off that it was now selling its virgins, but that could not be, as one would be hard pressed to find any, over the age of about 10 years! No, it’s the airplane, and the Australian government won’t bail it out, so the Chinese go after it, and who can blame them? Money for jam, or is it rice and milk, with jam? It is just the natural selection that goes with business, and Australia is always on the back burner here. I just hope the owners get rid of that name, which causes me all sorts of mental trauma (why?), and substitute a more modest Chinese name, as I am sure they can do. Let me help them:

纯度
Chúndù (Purity)

I like the sound of Purity Airlines. My next choice is Corona Airlines:

电晕航空
Diàn yūn hángkōng

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The Zombie Economy By Chris Knight

     Health ranger, Mike Adams, over at Natural News.com, is pro-freedom libertarian type, with Christian conservative values, I think. Thus, he opposes the Universal Basic Income, and I suppose the social credit dividend as well, although I found nothing at his site on our form of social credit; of course, he is dead against the Chinese version, bad social credit. However, he does have a point, that Trump paying oil drillers not to drill is crazy, when what should be done, is oil drillers getting the latest protective equipment against the virus. This mentality is leading to zombie economics, even sending free money to the dead, and heaps of errors too:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-04-15-zombie-nomics-are-you-ready-for-the-universal-basic-collapse.html
  https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/indiana-man-waiting-1700-stimulus-finds-82-million-bank-account-instead

“What’s being rolled out in all this, of course, is a “zombie economy.” It is characterized by the astonishing fact that federal bailout checks are being sent to dead people. If we don’t stop the rise of the zombie economy with its endless bailouts and government control over markets, incomes and debt, here’s where all this leads: In a zombie economy, everybody is paid to do nothing. All the prices of assets and goods are set by the government to create the appearance of “wealth” when no one is producing anything of value. Homeless millionaires. People living on the street will think they “own” millions of dollars in stocks and pension funds. It’s all illusion, of course, designed to continue the coordinated bankster looting of America which will transfer all the wealth of the working class into the pockets of the politically connected elite. Right now in America, we have “quantity limits” on everyday goods. Soon, they will evolve into price controls. Once that kicks in, there will be horrendous shortages of basic goods such as groceries, gasoline, automobiles and household goods. To create the illusion of affordability, the government will dictate price controls that result in immediate shortages and large-scale black market trading of essential items like toilet paper and garden seeds. One day soon, garden seeds will be “contraband” if sold at non-government prices (i.e. free market prices), and “seed smugglers” will be arrested and imprisoned for trafficking in lettuce seeds or “unauthorized” fertilizer. Grocery stores will become prison camps, with strict item limits, long waiting lines and mandatory biometric identification to make sure people don’t buy “too much” stuff at the government-controlled prices. Essentially, America will become Venezuela.

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Google and Apple Partner: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid! By Peter Ewer

     The Covid-19 pandemic has allowed all sorts of tag teams:
  https://www.apple.com/au/newsroom/2020/04/apple-and-google-partner-on-covid-19-contact-tracing-technology/

“Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy and security central to the design. Since COVID-19 can be transmitted through close proximity to affected individuals, public health officials have identified contact tracing as a valuable tool to help contain its spread. A number of leading public health authorities, universities, and NGOs around the world have been doing important work to develop opt-in contact tracing technology. To further this cause, Apple and Google will be launching a comprehensive solution that includes application programming interfaces (APIs) and operating system-level technology to assist in enabling contact tracing. Given the urgent need, the plan is to implement this solution in two steps while maintaining strong protections around user privacy. First, in May, both companies will release APIs that enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities. These official apps will be available for users to download via their respective app stores. Second, in the coming months, Apple and Google will work to enable a broader Bluetooth-based contact tracing platform by building this functionality into the underlying platforms. This is a more robust solution than an API and would allow more individuals to participate, if they choose to opt in, as well as enable interaction with a broader ecosystem of apps and government health authorities. Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort, and we look forward to building this functionality in consultation with interested stakeholders. We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyse. All of us at Apple and Google believe there has never been a more important moment to work together to solve one of the world’s most pressing problems. Through close cooperation and collaboration with developers, governments and public health providers, we hope to harness the power of technology to help countries around the world slow the spread of COVID-19 and accelerate the return of everyday life.

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The Rotten Universities are Crying; Let ‘em By James reed

     Remember all of those articles which I did advocating that the universities be closed down? Well, at present that is close to the state of affairs I would like. Sure, they may be on-line, chatting in their own irrelevant space, but less harm is being done. And, how they are crying about their lost money from the international student/immigration racket, right across the world:
  https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/apr/11/universities-brace-for-huge-losses-as-foreign-students-drop-out?utm_source=amerika.org

“Some universities are already expecting to lose more than £100m as foreign students cancel their studies, with warnings that the impact of coronavirus will be “like a tsunami hitting the sector”. Several organisations are now planning for a 80-100% reduction in their foreign student numbers this year, with prestigious names said to be among those most affected. The sector is already making a plea to the government for a cash injection amounting to billions of pounds to help it through the crisis, as it is hit by a drop in international student numbers, accommodation deals and conference income. Universities are already lining up online courses for the start of the next year, but academics are concerned about the impact on first-year students new to university life. Many institutions have recently borrowed heavily to pay for attractive new faculties, often designed to attract overseas students. It comes against a backdrop of declining numbers of university-age students in the UK and the previous uncertainty around Brexit. Andrew Connors, head of higher education at Lloyds Banking Group, said the crisis has felt “less like a perfect storm and more like a tsunami hitting the sector”. Banks have not had urgent requests from universities, as big financial hits are expected later in the year. However, he said that “while the immediate impact we are seeing in the sector is slower, the overall impact of Covid-19 is potentially deeper and longer”.

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Why Do We Need a World Health Organization, Anyway? By Chris Knight

     In a rare show of courage, President Trump has suspended US funds to the World Health Organization until there has been an inquiry into its handling of the coronavirus crisis, since WHO gave the US the advice that this was just a flu that would blow over. As these quotes will show, this is yet another globalist organisation pursuing anti-nation agendas, soaked in political correctness, and a servant of China:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/14/donald-trump-berates-politically-correct-who-orders-hold-on-funding/

“President Donald Trump ordered a hold on funds sent to the World Health Organization Tuesday, demanding that they answer for their failures to properly warn the world about the coronavirus. The president criticized the WHO for criticizing his travel ban on China during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. “The WHO’s attack on travel restrictions put political correctness above life-saving measures,” Trump said. Trump announced his decision at a press conference in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. “We spend $500 million a year,” Trump said, noting that China only spent $30-$40 million. He noted that the WHO played a role in “mismanaging and covering up” the spread of the coronavirus around the world. “The WHO pushed China’s misinformation about the virus, saying it was not communicable and there was no need for travel bans,” he said.

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Untimely Meditations: Something to Think About By John Steele

     I found this little gem at survival blog.com:
  https://survivalblog.com/editors-quote-day-1044/
  http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/index.php?itemid=545

It got me thinking, something I rarely do, but it happens. If everyone is locked down, where exactly does herd immunity come into play, because won’t people need to get the corona disease, have their immune system fight it, then when a large number of people do this, the bug dies off. If everybody is locked down and thus insulated, what is to prevent further outbreaks occurring, maybe forever? I do not know. “I previously touched on how herd immunity works--after enough people develop antibodies, the rate of infection slows and for certain strains may go almost dormant. Viruses of this type are constantly evolving. There may already be 8 variants of this strain. So, to get herd immunity, PEOPLE HAVE TO GET THE DISEASE. You can't develop immunity by not being exposed. See: First Contact with the New World. (and see my preceding blog post.)  We'll be back to that in a moment. Since we know the elderly and immune compromised and especially both, and with underlying health issues are at risk, those people should be staying inside. EVERYONE ELSE needs to get outside and get exposed, most with zero symptoms, recover, and be immune, so as to minimize transference later. YOU CANNOT STOP THIS TYPE OF VIRUS. The shrieking Karens screaming "GOVERNOR, SHUT THIS STATE DOWN!" are complete idiots.  Back to the New World:  63 days across the ocean is long enough for an entire crew to have a viral infection (cold or flu) and get over it, and have antibodies and not get sick again. …If you all come out now, a bunch of you are going to get sick.  If you hold off until May 1, even more of you are going to get sick, and we'll be in the worst economic depression the world has ever known due to a complete lack of engaging in economy. If you all hide until September, you're STILL going to get sick, and at the worst time of year for it--October-December, just like the flu and other colds. More people will die on top of everyone who's starving to death because we will have literally no economy left. (And I realize idiots don't believe this is true, even though in just two weeks we've gone from 3% unemployment to 10%. It'll be 20% by next week, and likely hit 40% by the end of April, if we don't stop the stupidity right now.)”

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