Search and Hit Enter

The Guardian sides with the Oppressor

The Guardian has published a report on yesterday’s National Freedom Day protest in Melbourne that’s heavily slanted in favour of the authorities.

“Protesters seen chanting ‘freedom’ and hurling abuse at police and media while not wearing masks,” reads the sub-head. It continues:

At least 15 people have been arrested at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and Albert Park after at least 200 protesters defied the city’s stage-four lockdowns to hold an anti-lockdown rally on Saturday.

Police in New South Wales also arrested three people at an unauthorized protest in Sydney’s Hyde Park while another protest was held at Sydney’s Olympic Park. Smaller protests were also held in Townsville, Brisbane and Byron Bay.

Organised by a broad coalition of online groups linked by a mish-mash of conspiracy theories, Saturday’s Melbourne protest was planned in defiance of lockdown restrictions, mandates on mask-wearing in Victoria, 5G, vaccinations and “child trafficking and pedophilia”.

We were left wondering how today’s ultra-woke Guardian would have reported protests against illiberal regimes in the past:

Police in Beijing arrested a group of anti-social troublemakers earlier today at an unauthorized protest in Tienanmen Square…

Authorities in East Germany last night did their best to stop a group of so-called freedom fighters dismantling an historic wall in Berlin…

You can see some photographs of the Melbourne protest here.

Header: Photo of police keeping anti-lockdown protesters from continuing their rally in Albert Park in Saturday 5 September 2020. Photo Luis Enrique Ascui

Source: Lockdown Sceptics


How to interpret the modelling on Victoria’s projected coronavirus case numbers

If Victoria eased coronavirus restrictions too early, there would be a more than 60 per cent chance of a lockdown having to be reimposed before Christmas, modelling carried out by the University of Melbourne for the state’s Health Department has found.

It’s a startling statistic, and the supercomputer-generated analysis is being used to pave the way on the state’s road from lockdown.

On Sunday, Premier Daniel Andrews called the work one of the most “comprehensive modelling exercises that we have even seen in the state” and the sort of analysis “you can’t argue with”.

Modelling carried out by the University of Melbourne projects the 14-day average for new cases will be around 63 on September 17. The model suggests that if restrictions are eased when there is a 14-day average of 25 cases per day, there is a 64 per cent chance of case numbers increasing to the point that restrictions would have to be re-imposed before Christmas.

University of Melbourne professor of epidemiology Tony Blakely, one of the authors of the modelling, said there were two ways the model could be “beaten” – by improving contact tracing, and infectious diseases control protocols in hospitals and aged care settings.

Source: THE AGE