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26.09.20.  Andrews spoke ‘hours of weasel words’ during hotel quarantine testimony and then some. Sky News host Peta Credlin does not mince her words when she says despite listening to several hours of testimony from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews about the disastrous hotel quarantine program, Victorians are no closer to knowing who made the fateful decisions about security. It comes as Premier Andrews was subjected to hours of questioning about Melbourne’s hotel quarantine debacle during the last day of the state’s inquiry into the program on Friday. “After listening to several hours of testimony from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews … Victorians are no closer to knowing who made the fateful decision to put untrained bouncers in charge,” Ms Credlin said. “We got hours and hours of weasel words from the premier about the prime minister’s offer of military assistance More

26.09.20.  “At long last. On Wednesday evening, the ABC’s 7.30 program discussed the Victorian COVID-19 hotel quarantine inquiry. Headed by former judge Jennifer Coate, it began proceedings on August 17. This first event was covered by 7.30, which presents itself as Australia’s leading news and current affairs program. And then the inquiry was dropped completely by 7.30 until Wednesday.”
A stunning misjudgment, on any analysis. Without question, the pandemic is the greatest social and economic disaster to affect Australia in at least a century. The second wave of the virus, which took off in Melbourne in July, has decimated Victoria and had a deleterious effect on the Australian economy. It was caused by lax security in some designated quarantine hotels in Melbourne. The task of the Coate inquiry is to find out how this happened. More

26.09.20.  Just in case you hadn’t noticed but this year’s Archibald had a surprising number of Aboriginal entries which coincides with Minister 3% Wyatt’s push for constitutional recognition. Vincent Namatjira took the top prize with his politically motivated bum-kissing display of himself beside a wild splodge of uncomplimentary images of the disgraced Adam Goodes. Art is like beauty, it rests in the eye of the beholder. One can only wonder what the artist’s great-grandfather would have said about Vincent’s talent which gives no clue to the wonderful skill of Albert Namatjira’s  brilliant  landscapes? It’s more than obvious that the Archibald gang have lost their way ans serious artists may choose to exhibit elsewhere because of, “Art Stacking!”
It’s fourth time lucky for Vincent Namatjira, great-grandson of acclaimed artist Albert Namatjira, who has become the first Indigenous Australian to win the $100,000 Archibald Prize in its 99-year history. The Western Arrernte artist was an Archibald finalist for the fourth consecutive year in 2020 (having been the runner up in 2018), with a double-portrait featuring himself alongside former AFL player and 2014 Australian of the Year Adam Goodes, entitled Stand Strong for Who You Are. More

26.09.20.  Daniel Andrews’ State of Victoria, once the Garden State. Its coat of arms boasts ‘Peace and Prosperity’. On some of its vehicle number plates it say, “The Place to Be!” That’s all gone. Dumped down the drain by a Labor megalomaniac—an Adolf Hitler clone? Yes, it sure is “The Place to Be” for political branch stacking. A romper-stomper police force harassing old ladies for all to see on the nightly news. Black gangs only diminished by the coronavirus curfews. A rapidly disintegrating economy. And now it is a state distinguished by its virus death toll. The tale-of-the-tape below spells it out without any doubt—and who is responsible? Why, the leader who repeats that the buck stops with him—of course. More

26.09.20. More than two-thirds of Australians believe that political correctness has “gone too far” and that their fellow citizens are too easily offended. This disapproval of political correctness is a majority view across all age groups, according to the nationally-representative, Australia Talks National Survey. It is also a majority view for all income brackets, for both men and women, across white and non-white Australians and in all states and territories. The quiet Australians are being “drowned out” by left-wing activists as the culture of political correctness is given rise to the more insidious “identity and gender politics” – where people are increasingly divided and pitted against each other along racial, sexual, and gender lines. The same is true in the US as described by Townhall’s Kurt Schlichter while quiet voters are picking those leaders dragging us back from the PC disaster. More

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25.09.20.  As the saying goes, ‘anything to make a buck’! Who would have thought there would be a living to be made in selling used condoms? Apparently there is in Vietnam! My question is from where did the condom ‘refurbisher’ mange to gather 345,000 used ‘Frenchies’ as they were once called? Hmm, the complexities of this enterprise are many. Are they guaranteed? With so many ‘donors’ in the mix what are the chances of multiple pregnancies of quadruplets with different fathers? Of course, the company has adequate insurance?
Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new, state media reported. Footage broadcast by state-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) this week showed dozens of large bags containing the used contraceptives scattered across the floor of a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong, near Ho Chi Minh City. Police said the bags weighed over 360 kilograms, equivalent to 345,000 condoms, according to VTV. More

25.09.20.  Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says people “can make their own judgements” on the letters written by Prime Minister Scott Morrison offering Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews ADF support to fight the pandemic. Letters obtained exclusively by Sky News have revealed Prime Minister Scott Morrison pressured the Victorian Premier to accept ADF troops during the state’s tragic second wave of COVID-19. Political Editor Andrew Clennell sourced the damning documents through Freedom of Information laws. The letters were written in the space of one week in early July and show the prime minister offering Victoria ADF troops on multiple occasions. “People can make their own judgements on these letters and what Daniel Andrews says about them,” Mr Clennell told Sky News. “But I don’t think the Prime Minister is going to waste two Saturdays in a row writing to pressure Daniel Andrews and plead with Daniel Andrews to have the ADF there, if Daniel Andrews has already agreed to it”. More

25.09.20.  It’s probably unknown how many scientists, universities, laboratories and researchers are burning the midnight oil in quest of arresting the coronavrus pandemic. However, given the surge in scientific papers appearing in journals the race to success is near and many. Here is one from the University of Bristol UK.
A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 September] in the journal Science, are a potential ‘game changer’ in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19. More

25.09.20.  Most observers always believed that the royal commission into the banking industry, etc, would be fraught with ducking and weaving to end up at, “business as usual,” and they weren’t wrong! Apparently, any correction to the exposed, reprehensible business practices would require meaningful prison sentences!
Westpac’s record-breaking fine of $1.3 billion is reputation-busting and will most likely haunt the banking giant for years, maybe decades, to come. The penalty and the shocking 23 million anti-money laundering breaches that exposed Westpac’s failings are destined to be a long-running case study on the dangers of poor systems and high complacency in a sector riddled with potentially shady criminal customers. Despite factoring in an already eye-watering $900 million as a potential fine, Attorney-General Christian Porter confirmed the proposal was laughed out of the room as “totally inadequate” given the ugly exposure to transactions by child exploitation rings. More