Monday 25th of May 2020

desperate mabel on a cruise to nowhere...

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The Federal Government has struck a deal with the country's 657 private hospitals, giving the Commonwealth access to another 34,000 hospital beds to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Key points:
  • A third of Australia's intensive care capacity is in the private sector
  • Staff and equipment will be made available to treat people with coronavirus
  • Private hospitals faced an uncertain future, with restrictions on elective surgeries

 

The private hospitals will also be required to free up much-needed personal protective equipment and essential equipment like ventilators.

In exchange, the Commonwealth will guarantee the survival of private hospitals during the period while elective surgery, which is their main form of income, is cancelled.

"It will bring over 105,000 full and part-time hospital staff, including 57,000 of our amazing nurses and midwives," Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

"It guarantees them their future … but most importantly it brings their resources to the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 in Australia."

 

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-31/coronavirus-agreement-to-keep-pri...

enough fuel for the old spirit...

If social media is any guide, the funniest family joke in these times of self-isolation is telling your parents that the bottle shops are closing down and watching them panic.

It’s been these kind of internet pranks, including mocked-up news reports from the US-state of Illinois, have led to panic buying of alcohol in some areas of Australia and forced retailers to introduce purchasing limits.

Retail Drinks Australia, representing independent retailers, introduced voluntary purchasing limits this week in a bid to ensure everyone gets a share of of their favourite lubricants.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/03/31/alcohol-restrictions-coronavi...

 

MEANWHILE:

 

Three crew members from the stricken Ruby Princess cruise liner who were suffering acute respiratory symptoms have been admitted to a Sydney hospital.

The three were among 1100 crew quarantined on the ship off the coast of Sydney as the number of confirmed Australian cases from the ship jumped to 215 by Sunday night.

The latest development comes as all 797 passengers from another cruise liner docked at Fremantle, the Vasco da Garma, were allowed to disembark over the weekend. Six hundred went into quarantine in Perth hotels and 197 were transferred to Rottnest Island on Monday.

The New Zealand passengers were flown home on Sunday morning.

And after a stand-off in WA with German cruise liner the Artania about who would treated its infected passengers, 29 out of 41 who tested positive for COVID-19 will be cared for at a private health facility in Perth.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/03/30/cruise-ship-chaos...

opportunism in the shadows of toilet paper roll shortages...

Putchists in the Shadow of the Coronavirus

by Thierry Meyssan

While the public’s eyes are riveted on the progression of coronavirus numbers, a profound reorganization of the executive is taking place, giving primacy to senior health officials over policy. In the shadows, bankers and soldiers are agitating in the hope of confiscating power for their own benefit.


Many governments in industrialized countries decided to respond to the Covid-19 epidemic by confining their populations. This strategy does not stem from medicine, which has never practised isolation of healthy people, but from good management of medical resources to prevent a massive influx of sick people so as not to clog hospitals. Few industrialized countries, such as Sweden, have rejected this administrative approach to the epidemic. They have opted for a medical approach and therefore do not practise generalised containment.


The first lesson of the current period is therefore that in developed countries, administrative logic is now superior to medical experience.


Yet even without medical expertise, I have no doubt that millennia of medical experience can be more effective against a disease than bureaucratic recipes. Incidentally, if we continue to observe the current phenomenon, we can see that, at the moment, Sweden has 10 deaths per million inhabitants, while Italy mourns 166 per million. Of course, this is only the beginning of the epidemic and these two countries are very different. However, Italy will probably have to deal with a second and then a third wave of infection, while Sweden will have acquired group immunity and will be protected from it.


The primacy of senior health officials over the elected representatives of the people


This being said, the widespread containment of capital goods not only disrupts the economy, but also modes of government. Almost everywhere, we see the word of politicians fading in the face of that of senior health officials, who are supposed to be more effective than they are. This makes sense because the decision to contain is purely administrative. We have collectively agreed to fight for our hospitals and to prevent disease, not to fight it.


Unfortunately, everyone can see that, contrary to appearances, we have not become more efficient. For example, the Member States of the European Union have not been able to provide the necessary medical equipment and medicines in good time. This is the fault of the usual rules. For example: economic globalisation has resulted in there being only one manufacturer of artificial respirators, and it is Chinese. Tendering procedures take several months before they are available, and policies are no longer in place to override these procedures. Only the United States has been able to solve this problem immediately through company requisitions.


France, which during the Second World War, under Philippe Pétain, experienced an administrative dictatorship known as the "French State", has already experienced a political takeover by senior civil servants over the past three decades. We then spoke of ENArchie. Identically and without her being aware of it, she deprived politicians of the knowledge of the administration that the accumulation of local and national mandates conferred on them. From now on, elected officials are less well informed than senior civil servants and have all the trouble in the world to control them.


Just as senior health officials suddenly find themselves vested with an authority that does not normally belong to them, so bankers and the military aspire to the same promotion at the expense of politicians.


Bankers lurking in the shadows


The former Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance), then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, published an op-ed in the Financial Times [1] In it, he argues for using the fear of Covid-19 to achieve what failed during the financial crisis of 2008. At the time, he had failed to create a global financial government and had to settle for mere consultation with the G20. It would be possible today, he continued, to create a global health government. And to consider which powers should be associated with the permanent members of the Security Council.


There is no reason to believe that this global government would be more successful than national governments. The only thing that is certain is that it would escape any form of democratic control.


This project is no more likely to succeed than that of the world financial government. Gordon Brown was also a staunch supporter of keeping the United Kingdom in the European Union. Again, he lost.


The deep US state lurks in the shadows


Historically, in all crises, attempts are made to use the argument of "urgency" to change Power without the public having time to think, and often this is successful.


On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared a "state of public health emergency of international concern". The next day, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper secretly signed a Warning Order stating that NorthCom was to stand ready for possible application of the new "Continuity of Government" rules.


These rules are classified Above-Top Secret, meaning that communication is restricted to persons with the highest level of clearance and with a Special Access Program (SAP).


It should be remembered that the principle of "continuity of government" was forged at the beginning of the Cold War. It was designed to protect the United States in the event of a nuclear war against the Soviet Union and the death or incapacity of the President, Vice President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives. According to a written directive from President Dwight Eisenhower, a replacement military government was to provide immediate continuity of command during the war until democratic procedures were restored [2].


This replacement government was never requested, except on September 11, 2001, by the National Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Richard Clarke [3] However, if the country was undergoing a terrible attack, neither the President, the Vice-President nor the Speaker of the House of Representatives had died or been prevented from doing so, which led me to conclude that it was a coup d’état. In any case, President George Bush Jr. regained his prerogatives the same day in the evening and no explanation was ever given of what happened during the ten hours of suspension of his authority [4].


According to the best Pentagon expert, William Arkin, in Newsweek [5], there are now seven separate plans: 

- Rescue & Evacuation of the Occupants of the Executive Mansion (RESEM) to protect the President, the Vice President and their families. 

- Joint Emergency Evacuation Plan (JEEP) to protect the Secretary of Defense and key military leaders. 

- Atlas Plan to protect members of Congress and the Supreme Court. 

- Octagon, about which nothing is known. 

- Freejack, also unknown. 

- Zodiac, still unknown. 

- Granite Shadow, which provides for the deployment of special units in Washington and stipulates the conditions for the use of force and the passage of places under military authority [6].


Note that RESEM is intended to protect the president and vice-president, but can only be applied once they are dead or incapacitated.


In any event, the implementation of these seven plans would be the responsibility of the United States Military Command for North America (NorthCom) under the responsibility of an illustrious unknown, General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy.


It should be remembered that under US law, this man is required to become the dictator of the United States only in the event of the death or incapacity of the three principal elected officials of the federal state, but in practice, his predecessor, General Ralph Eberhart, has sometimes exercised this power without this condition being met. Eberhart, now 73 years old, is the head of the major US military avionics companies.


General O’Shaughnessy told the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 13 that NorthCom was preparing for the worst. To this end, it liaises on a daily basis with the ten other US Central Commands for the World [7].


NorthCom has authority not only over the United States, but also over Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. Under international agreements, it can, on its own initiative, deploy US troops to these three countries.


In 2016, President Barack Obama signed the top-secret Presidential Policy Directive 40 on "National Continuity Policy". FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate signed Federal Continuity Directive 1 two days before President Donald Trump took office, specifying some of the details at lower levels.


They’ve thought of everything, and are prepared for the worst. The outbreak provides them with the motive to act. So the questions asked by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian about a possible deliberate release of the virus by the US military make sense.


Thierry Meyssan

Translation 

Roger Lagassé

 

 

 

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https://www.voltairenet.org/article209572.html

 

 

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Remembering https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98NaJ8ss4sY

 

Meanwhile The Donald and all the Democrats who fought like dogs and cats about "impeachment" HAVE NO CLUE. The coronavirus is a real threat. It's a nasty disease, but Gus has placed the last sentence of Thierry Meyssan in bold. See: 

an uncomfortable notion: the coronavirus is an escaped/released bioweapon...

 

And I we do not obey the orders, this mostly written by Gus for the young people — some of whom seems to be ignorant of the disease threats and of police powers — we're fucked... 

 

Be patient...

 

restoring the old queen to fight covid19....

The Queen Mary ocean liner may be brought out of retirement after over half a century to help California fight the coronavirus outbreak as America’s latest floating hospital ship.

While few details were given, city officials said they are in talks to convert the ship into a medical facility in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients that could overwhelm land hospitals in the weeks ahead, the Long Beach Post reported.

“The City is coordinating plans regarding care facilities and more to ensure that we remain prepared to serve the needs of our community,” Long Beach officials said in a statement. “The Queen Mary remains in consideration, and we will have a plan to announce in the future.”

The British-built vessel is owned by the city, where it has been moored since its retirement in 1967 to serve as a museum, hotel and tourist attraction. There are more than 300 rooms aboard the ship.

The Queen Mary would become the latest floating medical center to join the coast-to-coast battle against the coronavirus following the deployment of two US Navy ships last week.

The USNS Comfort arrived in New York City harbor last week on the front lines of the growing pandemic, while its sister ship, the Mercy, was docked in the Port of Los Angeles. The two ships can each provide up to 1,000 hospital beds for non-coronavirus patients to free up space in land hospitals for those with the disease.

The virus has so far sickened 198 people in Long Beach as the state total climbed to more than 12,000 on Saturday.

 

Read more:

https://nypost.com/2020/04/05/queen-mary-ocean-liner-may-be-used-as-hosp...

 

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extra rations...

waiter

A waiter or someone who handles food on the Ruby Princess was the likely source of a deadly outbreak of coronavirus in Australia, NSW Police has revealed.

Key points:
  • Eighteen deaths and hundreds of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been traced back to the Ruby Princess
  • NSW Police said there have been offers to repatriate certain crew members onboard the ship
  • Medical assistance is still be given to the 1,000 staff onboard the cruise

 

Detectives have begun interviewing thousands of witnesses about what they knew about potential COVID-19 cases on board the cruise ship before it docked in Sydney more than three weeks ago.

Since disembarking, 18 passengers from the ship have died and hundreds of more confirmed cases have been linked to the vessel.

NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said early indications suggested an infected crew member was most likely responsible for the outbreak.

"That would seem to be the most obvious point of transmission — someone that is handling food on behalf of multiple hundreds of people," he said.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-13/coronavirus-outbreak-on-ruby-prin...

 

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back on terra firma...

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