The latest updates on the “new normal” – chronicling the lies, distortions, and abuses by the ruling class.
All-out war – literal war, according to the government — rages south of the equator. The former British penal colony has apparently returned to its roots.
In an apparent bizarre coincidence, Australian psychologist Steven Taylor released a prophetic book about the war-to-come on the Australian people:
“‘Psychological reactance has been an issue around any public health guidance… The you’re-not-the-boss-of-me kind of response is seen particularly in people raised in cultures that take pride in freedom and individualism’…
… like Commonwealth Australia used to be.
“‘Psychology plays a central role in pandemics, influencing the spreading and containment of diseases, and shaping pandemic-related distress and socially disruptive, divisive and potentially harmful phenomena such as panic buying, racism and protests against pandemic mitigation restrictions.'”
Hence the psychological (and physical) warfare on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney, to mop up the “psychological reactance.”
On Aug. 14, New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared that “this is literally a war and we’ve known we’ve been in a war for some time, but never to this extent.”
Via Al Jazeera:
“Hundreds more military personnel will be deployed next week to Sydney to help enforce the city’s lockdown as the outbreak spreads beyond Australia’s largest city.
A new $3,000 [AUD] ($2,200 [USD]) fine will also apply to people entering regional areas of the state without an official permit.”
Minister for Health and Medical Research of New South Wales Brad Hazzard is mass-vaxxing Australian children in a stadium with parents barred from attending:
“I want to stress to the moms and dads, your children will be well looked after inside. When they arrive, they will be literally ushered.
We’ll have nurses, we’ll have some of the Youth Command, we’ll have some of the young police… just to guide them through as to where they go.
They’ll be looked after every moment inside the stadium… Moms and Dads, feel secure. We’re going to have 24,000 students get through next week.”
Multiple questions arise, first and foremost: WTF is a “Youth Command” and why did does its name so conjure Hitler Youth or Mao’s Red Guards (aka Mao’s “little generals”)?
Predictably, the Australian “Youth Command” description is mostly nonsensical PR drivel:
“A strategy developed by the NSW Police Commissioner, connecting young people to workplace opportunities… The foundations of the initiative focus on early intervention to prevent youth disengagement and the related problems that this causes. It is a collaborative approach with Police Citizens Youth Clubs (PCYC) NSW and industry leaders to achieve positive outcomes for young people and help them into education and employment.”
Leave it to the government to write up an entire paragraph saying nothing of substance.
TL;DR: The Australian government is the children’s new Daddy now.
Question #2: Would any rational parent “feel secure” with their child under the watchful eye of Brad Hazzard?
“With these hungry eyes
One look at you and I can’t disguise
I’ve got hungry eyes
I feel the magic between you and I”
As reported upon previously, evidence indicates the risk of children dying from COVID-19 is 2 in 1,000,000, or 0.002%.
Alas, to these people, “respecting the science” means handing your children over to Brad Hazzard to be injected with gene therapies with no long-term safety studies to prevent a viral infection that poses no real threat to their health.
August 18th via news.com.au:
“According to Premier Gladys Berejiklian, if you live in one of the 12 LGAs of concern in Greater Sydney… ‘you cannot move more than 5km from your house, full stop.'”
Via “Chief Health Officer” of New South Wales, Dr. Kerry Chant:
“Whilst it is in human nature to engage in conversation with others… unfortunately, this is not the time to do that. So even if you run into your next-door neighbor… don’t start up a conversation.”
Via SkyNews (the only quasi-free press outfit left down under), state premier Daniel Andrews tut-tutted the peasants for looking at the sun:
“‘There’s a bunch of people down (at) the Rye Beach last night who thought the best thing to do was to watch the sunset…. I’m sure it was a beautiful sunset. But that’s not in the spirit or in the letter of these rules.”
Self-appointed Government Daddy Andrews, who parents with a firm hand, warned of consequences for the unruly children (former citizens) who break his rules:
“Mr Andrews warned his state could end up like Sydney, where there has been an explosion of Delta infections, if Melburnians fail to follow the rules.”
In addition to thousand-dollar fines, the government has a solution for the naughty ne’er-do-wells who travel outside of the 5km confines of their open-air prisons.
Via the Victorian provincial government:
“With quarantine continuing to be a critical part of the Australian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Victorian and Australian Governments have committed to building a purpose-built quarantine accommodation hub outside Melbourne’s CBD, to combat and protect the community from the highly infectious COVID-19 virus.”
A home away from home
Via Huffington Post:
“The rural Bourke Shire Council in New South Wales ordered the dogs shot last week to prevent volunteers at an animal shelter from traveling to the pound to collect them as part of a process to find homes for the animals… One of them was reportedly a female who had recently given birth to a litter of puppies.”
Ben Bartee is a Bangkok-based American journalist with opposable thumbs. Follow his stuff via his blog, Armageddon Prose, Substack, or Patreon.