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Category: COVID-19 Tyranny

Sep 23 2020

COVID-19 Tyranny Tightens in Australia

Remember pregnant Australian mom Zoe Buhler, who was arrested for urging people on Facebook to come to a Freedom Day protest? Looks like she will have plenty of company in custody, now that Australia is following the lead of the dystopian science fiction movie Minority Report by punishing COVID-19 precrime.

The Age reports:

The COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2020 was announced on Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos’ website and is now before Parliament. …

The explanatory memorandum to the bill provides for an authorised officer, who reasonably believes that a high risk person (someone either diagnosed with COVID-19 or a close contact) who is required to comply with a self-isolation direction and is likely to refuse or fail to comply with the direction, to detain that person. So the first concern is the speculative or predictive nature of the assessment that the authorised officer is to make before depriving a person of their liberty.

If the Precogs prophesize that someone might not self-quarantine to the fullest extent demanded, out come the handcuffs.

As noted at Summit News, Australia is becoming a COVID-19 police state:

Numerous people have been violently arrested for not wearing a face mask on the street, while journalists have also been arrested merely for covering anti-lockdown protests. Street markets have also been raided and shut down by riot police.

Even Black Lives Matter protests are somewhat frowned upon by authorities, in stark contrast to the USA, where liberal pols go out of their way to encourage them. They must not have gotten the word Down Under that left-wing mobs don’t spread the virus.

On a tip from Lyle.

Sep 21 2020

David Ortiz Is Recovering From Asymptomatic COVID-19

As Tony Heller observes in the video below, “Civilization is being driven into fear, madness, and tyranny because of junk science.” This pertains not only to the global warming hoax, but to the crisis authoritarians have exploited COVID-19 to create. Only madness can explain how former ballplayer David Ortiz is reported to be “recovering” from a sickness that has no symptoms:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Sep 21 2020

London Council Forbids Smoking While Working From Home

Bureaucrats continue to find ways to make COVID-19 lockdowns more repressive — for the sake of our health, of course.

The Hammersmith and Fulham Council in West London has banned employees from smoking at working desks even when working online from home. …

The Hammersmith and Fulham council, run by The left-wing Labor Party, announced that “any part of a private dwelling used solely for work purposes will be required to be smoke-free.”

Similarly, online learning has effectively prohibited toy guns in the house, as a 12-year-old recently learned in Colorado Springs:

Isaiah Elliott attends Grand Mountain, a K-8 grade school in the Widefield District #3, just south of Colorado Springs.

On Thursday, Aug. 27, the seventh grader was attending on online art class when a teacher saw Isaiah flash a toy gun across his computer screen. The toy in question is a neon green and black handgun with an orange tip with the words “Zombie Hunter” printed on the side.

The teacher notified the school principal who suspended Isaiah for five days and called the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to conduct a welfare check on the boy without calling his parents first.

It remains to be seen whether the Hammersmith and Fulham Council will dispatch police if a Zoom meeting reveals that someone has been smoking in their own home.

Private homes are becoming public areas, to be monitored and regulated as such, just as dystopian novels about totalitarianism like We and 1984 predicted.

On a tip from Zachary B.

Sep 12 2020

Branch Covidians

If the true believers in COVID-19 lockdowns give you déjà vu, you might be thinking of Waco. As Dave Morrison puts it,

“Like the Branch Davidians waiting for David Koresh to finish interpreting the seven seals, liberal America is hunkered down in their little compounds and they are perfectly ready to continue sheltering in place forever — or at least until they sit through the election results in November.”

Coronavirus hysteria has become a cult. The people who even now double down on self-quarantine are the Branch Covidians.

Purell is the new holy water. Socially isolating like a cloistered monk has become a source of meaning. The more vindictive among the faithful long for a judgment day upon which COVID-19 will strike down the sinners who violate mask protocols.

Here’s where Morrison puts his finger on what makes COVID-19 fundamentalism scary:

“All of leftism is a creed without a guiding moral force. The spot where God should be standing is filled by the leftists themselves, a giant unthinking collective driven by an indistinct and ever-shifting desire to be important, to save the world from its sinful self without ever using the word ‘sin.’”

On a tip from Lyle.

Sep 08 2020

City Gyms Open, Private Gyms Closed in San Francisco

Socialism is based on coercion, capitalism on enlightened self-interest. The main lesson learned from the Cold War is that a socialist system cannot compete with a capitalist system. However, in a mixed economy, coercion can provide government-run businesses with advantages over the private sector. COVID-19 has enabled an orgy of coercion. This makes it hard for privately owned gyms to compete with gyms owned by the city of San Francisco:

For months, the city of San Francisco health order has prevented local gyms from opening its doors, but some city-owned gyms have been back open for months and are allowing city employees to use them, crushing private gym owners.

Per a decree from Mayor London Breed, private gyms are forbidden from opening at least through the end of September. However, police officers, judges, lawyers, bailiffs, and paralegals can work out in municipal gyms. These gyms are special, making them as safe from coronavirus as the maskless Nancy Pelosi while getting her hair done.

Daniele Rabkin, who has struggled desperately to keep her gym Crossfit Golden Gate alive through the increasingly absurd lockdowns, cannot believe the arrogance:

“Even though they’re getting exposed, there are no repercussions, no ramifications? It’s shocking,” she said.

Shocking maybe, but not surprising. Single-party rule means extreme arrogance on the part of the rulers. Chicago is one example, California another. If Democrats manage to impose single-party rule nationwide by jiggering the system (enabling industrial scale voter fraud, abolishing the Electoral College, making DC and Puerto Rico into states, etc) and by flooding the country with unassimilable numbers of needy immigrants, the USA as a whole will be a third.

On a tip from Mr. Freemarket.

Sep 02 2020

A Slap in the Face From Nancy Pelosi

It isn’t just local tyrants like Philadelphia’s Jim Kenney and Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot. COVID-19 hypocrisy goes all the way to the top of the Democrat power structure. Nancy Pelosi’s wishes are not to be constrained by the same restrictions that have thrown tens of millions of little people out of work:

Pelosi visited a San Francisco hair salon on Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite local ordinances keeping salons closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News has learned.

In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.

The stylist serving her was of course wearing a mask, as Pelosi frequently lectures us to do and as is required in San Francisco.

Salons in San Francisco were allowed to open the following day — but only for outdoor service.

The stylist who was summoned to serve Pelosi rents a chair from salon owner Erica Kious. Like most business owners, Kious is not enjoying the increasingly ludicrous COVID-19 lockdowns.

“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” Kious told Fox News, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on. …

“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.

However, big corporations like Amazon may love the lockdowns — and they are the ones in a position to buy favors from politicians.

Kious is a single mother with two small children who relies on the salon for income. She installed plexiglass partitions and ensured that all chairs were 6′ apart, but they still wouldn’t let her open.

“The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”

The insult comes on top of significant injury inflicted by the liberals in charge:

“No one can last anymore,” she said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”

Kious said that the area where her salon is located has turned into “a third world country,” saying that “every other storefront is completely vacant and shut down and boarded up.”

“And because of the shutdown, and the store closures, we’ve lost people, my clients, and my employees, and that is due to the politics in San Francisco,” she said, adding that the homeless population is “everywhere” and “defecating” all over the city.

She expects to shut down for good within 1 to 2 months. Maybe she can secure a position as Nancy Pelosi’s personal stylist.

On tips from Adam, Henry B, Zachary B, Rapinhoe, Varla, ABC of the ANC, and KirklesWorth.

Sep 01 2020

Gavin Newsom Presents Endless Lockdown

California used to be associated with endless summer. Then came moonbattery. Now it is associated with endless lockdown:

“We need to live differently,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday after moving the state re-opening goalposts once again. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yet another new set of guidelines for re-opening counties in California…

If anyone is still unclear about the governor’s actual goals: a county can average one “case” per 100,000 for three weeks and still not be fully open.

The California Restaurant Association said in a statement Friday that restaurants will continue to close permanently around the state because Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan will continue to keep most indoor dining rooms closed, while others will have strict limits on capacity.

Gyms are among the other businesses getting devastated.

More closed businesses mean more unemployment, which in turn means more government dependence. Today’s Democrats understand why FDR and the Great Depression would have kept each other going forever if WWII hadn’t intervened.

Barks Newsom:

“COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and we all need to adapt.”

By “we” he means “you.” Like Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Newsom regards COVID-19 restrictions as “For thee, not me.”

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Victory Girls.

Sep 01 2020

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Indulges in Coronavirus Hypocrisy

As we learned during the John Lewis extravaganza, COVID-19 restrictions are for us little people, not our rulers:

Chefs and restaurant owners in Philadelphia are sizzling hot over a photo showing Mayor Jim Kenney, who banned indoor dining in Philly due to COVID-19, enjoying an indoor restaurant meal in Maryland. …

The picture below of the mayor enjoying his meal indoor has since gone viral because Kenney has staunchly stood by his decision to not allow restaurants in the city to open for indoor dining, according to 6ABC:

Meanwhile, people continue to be thrown out of work in the restaurant industry due to restrictions that Kenney does not appear to take seriously.

Compounding the arrogance, Kenney’s office issued a statement blaming the federal government:

If elected officials at the federal level had similarly deferred to health experts over the past five months, this might not even be an issue by now.

If Democrats can blame their riots on Trump, why not their COVID hypocrisy?

On tips from Henry B, TCS III, and Stormfax.

Aug 31 2020

CDC Admits COVID-19 Was Sole Cause in Only 6% of Deaths

When Biden can be reached in his spider hole, he continues to croak that he will use authoritarian measures to lock down the US economy, throwing millions more out of work, if he can find scientists who will tell him it’s a good idea because COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admits that the most overhyped illness of all time has been even more overhyped than we knew:

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.

That’s why the vast majority of coronavirus fatalities are elderly. The disease mostly kills people who are potentially dying of some other serious condition.

That doesn’t mean the other 94% would be dead now anyway. It does mean that we need to put the risk in perspective.

The very old and those with preexisting conditions need to be protected. Seeding nursing homes with COVID-19 patients—as was done under the Democrat governors of New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey—must never happen.

But shutting down the economy is economic sabotage.

On tips from Zachary B, Stormfax, Dragon’s Lair, Josh D, Varla, and Mr. Freemarket. Legal Insurrection.

Aug 29 2020

Welcome to 1984

Tony Heller is right. When a city burned down by terrorists is reported as “fiery but mostly peaceful protests,” and law-abiding citizens objecting to COVID-19 tyranny are described as extremists, we are living in George Orwell’s 1984, with the gaslighting liberal media establishment serving as the Ministry of Truth:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Aug 20 2020

Next After COVID-19 Masks: Dog Cones for People

As a symbol of submission, forcing us to obliterate our individuality by wearing masks was not explicit enough. So they pushed the envelope even further. No one can miss the significance of making people wear dog cones:

Maine Public Radio reports on the latest COVID-19 decrees from Governor Janet Mills:

[F]ront-of-house staff in restaurants who choose to wear face shields must now wear them upside down so that they are attached at the collar instead of the forehead, so that their breath is directed up, not down.

That won’t help much if coronavirus is spread by AC (which would explain why it didn’t get bad in warm weather states until the summer heated up). Good thing hardly anyone in Maine has the virus anyway.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and KirklesWorth. Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.

Aug 19 2020

Why Some but Not All Gatherings Spread COVID-19

Still confused as to why church attendance has been restricted in the name of COVID-19, whereas crowding the streets in rallies likely to end in riots is encouraged? No need to be. Journalist Mark Diamond (aka Ryan Long) uses science to explain:

On a tip from Lyle.

Aug 19 2020

Plague Case in California

Authoritarians have treated COVID-19 as if it were the Black Death, throwing many millions out of work, spending vast amounts of money that we do not have, and smothering fundamental freedoms. Imagine the repression if plague came back for real:

California health officials have confirmed the first case of the plague in the state in five years — a South Lake Tahoe resident who may have been bitten by an infected flea while walking a dog, according to reports.

Warns El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Nancy Williams,

“It’s important that individuals take precautions for themselves and their pets when outdoors, especially while walking, hiking and/or camping in areas where wild rodents are present.”

Wild rodents — namely rats — are present in abundance in the burgeoning homeless encampments that increasingly characterize the Left Coast.

Or plague may come from elsewhere:

Last month, public health officials in Colorado announced that a squirrel had tested positive for the bubonic plague — the first such case in the state this year.

The mortality rate for plague is 8–10%, much higher than for COVID-19.

Normally, plague is rare. Let’s hope it stays that way until after authoritarians forget how much they have gotten away with during the coronavirus pandemic.

Randolph Bourne said that war is the health of the state. It has been replaced. Now sickness is the health of the state.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Aug 19 2020

Albion College Becomes COVID-19 Police State

Universities are the primary incubator of leftist ideology, concocting ever more extreme manifestations of political correctness that are soon picked up by the media and the Democratic Party. It should come as no surprise that academia is also at the cutting edge of COVID-19 tyranny, which will be extended for as long as it serves its purpose, then revived the next time a bug goes around. Michigan’s Albion College leads the way by requiring students to download an app that tracks their location and health data:

The school is working to create a “COVID-bubble” on campus, and asking students stay within the school’s 4.5-mile perimeter for the entire semester; if a student leaves campus, the app will notify the administration, and the student could be temporarily suspended.

As with the John Lewis funeral, the restrictions imposed on little people do not apply to those in charge:

Though students are required to remain on campus, professors and administrators are not. When asked about this potential loophole in its “COVID-bubble,” the school declined to comment.

Students must sign a form consenting to specimen collection and lab tests. They are given a list of “approved businesses” they are permitted to frequent. To leave the campus for approved activities like medical appointments, they must fill out a form 5 days in advance.

[S]tudents who fail to comply with these guidelines will be locked out of their dorms and other on-campus buildings.

College has already largely eradicated the concept of free speech among students. Freedom of movement, freedom of association, and privacy rights may follow.

On a tip from ScrewyPuppy.

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