Thursday 2nd of April 2020

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by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2020-04-02 10:45


“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” 

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” 

“When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.” 

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” 

            ― Albert Einstein

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” 

(Delusional bullshit says Gus)

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” 

“In so doing, the idea forces itself upon him that religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis, and he is optimistic enough to suppose that mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis.” 

               ― Sigmund Freud

“I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.” 

“Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It's by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I'm human” 

“But how could you live and have no story to tell?” 

             ― Fyodor Dostoevsky,

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. 

The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.

In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.

               — Arthur Schopenhauer

Bart: Look in my eyes. See the conviction? See the sincerity? See the fear? As God is my witness, I can pass the fourth grade!

Homer: And if you don’t, at least you’ll be bigger than the other kids.

                  — The Simpsons
by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2020-04-02 10:00


A nation may lose its liberties in a day and not miss them in a century.

       — Montesquieu

… Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance. 

Generosity is nothing else than a craze to possess. All which I abandon, all which I give, I enjoy in a higher manner through the fact that I give it away. To give is to enjoy possessively the object which one gives.

       — Jean-Paul Sartre

People can die of mere imagination.

        — Geoffrey Chaucer

The reason the Romans built their great paved highways was because they had such inconvenient footwear. 

        — Montesquieu

I do not believe it. I can’t believe that the baron de Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat, wrote something so frivolous. Only could publish it… I don’t know… Never mind. Unless...

Trying to walk on a Roman paved highway with sandals would lead to the invention of a better chariot. And we have been relentless ever since. Bigger cathedrals were the go until the tallest ones became unstable. Cannon balls could destroy the thickest of forts. The industrial revolution brought a better life for some, though the workers got screwed until they unionised or got the gold rush fever. A few years later, unionised workers were replaced by machines — and scab labour, known these days as contractors and casuals. The times of Jack Mundey’s green bans have vanished, and the history of a nation and its heritage is now in the hands of council vandals. 

The great Covid19 era has flattened the revolution. The machines and their operators have won. We have entered the short lived epoch of “necessary” supervisors, bean-counters and managers, while the rich own the lot — until the rich forgo of these last humans by replacing them with automated bean-counting and self-determinating drones. Government are superfluous. 

The Coronavirus makes sure everyone dies at home — except the rich who, still human, die from liver cirrhosis by drinking too much champagne or by suffering a killer envy of the other rich dudes. This is the way the planet of human dies. No trumpets, no angels, no demons. The animals unable to learn anything from all this let the tools of civilisation perish under the weeds.

And all is best in the best of the world. 
by Gus Leonisky on Thu, 2020-04-02 06:11

Scott Morrison has offered a prayer for the national cabinet to stay “strong and united” and committed the Australian nation to God during times of “great need and suffering” as it responds to Covid-19.

The prayer is contained in a video, first published by Eternity News but later removed and republished by Queensland Parents for Secular State Schools, in which Morrison explains his faith gives him “enormous encouragement” in how to respond to the crisis.

Morrison, Australia’s first evangelical Christian prime minister, has made no secret of his religious faith, referring to his re-election in 2019 as a “miracle”. Many other former prime ministers, including Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Kevin Rudd, identify as Christians.


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It's time to get rid of Scott. He makes Peter Potato Dutton look good.

Hey, Scott! God doesn't exist. It's an illusion, a delusion, a grand deception, a fantasy — a set of hallucinations and chicaneries from some elders of the monkey tribe smoking a pipe dream. Please, I do not wish to be "committed" to god, like one is committed to an asylum for loonies. Go away. Miracles only reside in Sports Rorts and other political fiddles...

by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 20:21

Starting from April 3, Russian citizens will be informed about quarantine violations through SMS services and the Unified portal of public services. Starting from April 1, the Ministry of Communications will start providing the Social Insurance Fund and the Moscow Government with information about the citizens who should observe self-isolation regime. It goes about those who arrived from the countries with an unfavorable epidemiological situation.

In the near future, all Muscovites will need to have a QR code to leave their homes. With the help of the code, representatives of regulatory and law enforcement agencies will be able to verify the eligibility of the citizens' decisions to go outside. CCTV cameras, telephone billing and bank transactions will be used to monitor quarantine violators.

Not to be considered as such, Muscovites should create personal accounts on the website of the Moscow administration indicating their residential address, phone number and attaching a photo. After the registration, people will be able to obtain unique QR codes on their smartphones.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 19:02

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


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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...


by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 18:05
With over 11,000 deaths and more than 100,000 cases of Covid-19, Italy is currently a country which feels under siege. But this is no impediment to the think tank racket twisting an offer of support for its propaganda purposes.

Here's what happened. The weekend before last, Vladimir Putin called Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. During the conversation, Conte asked for help, in fighting coronavirus, according to the Kremlin readout which hasn't been contradicted by Italian officials.

Let's be clear from the outset, there was undoubtably a strong PR, as well as practical, element to Russia's assistance. However, there were also advantages to Rome from this approach, as the move may have helped to concentrate a few minds among its traditional allies.

Moscow sent teams of "doctors, protective gear and medical equipment" to the stricken country. The detail included 100 military virologists and epidemiologists, along with eight medical teams, according to Russian news outlets. Most importantly, it delivered 600 ventilators.


There's usually nothing like a bit of Russian influence to jolt EU and NATO elites into action. As mentioned above, no doubt this was also part of Conte's reasoning. That said, it's also worth mentioning that some other Europeans states have tried to help the Italians. Germany and France, in particular, took patients and sent supplies, despite dealing with outbreaks of their own. Yet, many in Italy feel they haven't done enough.

Putin was also surely thinking ahead to a post-coronavirus crisis time when Italians will remember who stood by them in their hour of need. Especially given Italy is now the third most powerful country in a European Union which has Russia under sanctions.

Indeed as the Diplomatic Editor of BBC’s newsnight, Mark Urban, noted Russia and China have sent help to Italy. You might argue it’s not huge in scale and given for political reasons. But when Italians remember this crisis and wonder what the US did for them at this hour of need… 


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A cargo plane loaded with medical supplies and protection equipment may depart for the US by the end of Tuesday, the Kremlin said, after a phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The issue of protective gear was raised during the Monday phone talks, with Putin asking if the US needed help and Trump accepting, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

Moscow suggested the aid in anticipation that the US will be able to return the favor if necessary, once its manufacturers of medical and protective equipment catch up with demand, Peskov said.

The current situation “affects everyone without exception and is of a global nature,” he added.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 12:14

New questions about Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympics have been raised after a businessman admitted he had given digital cameras and Seiko watches to lobby Games powerbrokers, including an influential International Olympic Committee figure suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid.

Haruyuki Takahashi, a former executive at the influential advertising agency Dentsu Inc, told Reuters he had given the gifts when lobbying IOC members such as Lamine Diack, the former head of athletics’ governing body, the IAAF. “You don’t go empty handed. That’s common sense,” Takahashi told Reuters, referring to the gifts he gave Diack and his son Papa Massata, before adding: “They’re cheap.” 

A senior official at the bid also told Reuters “good” watches were handed out at parties organised as part of Tokyo’s campaign to win the Olympics, although he did not specify the brand.

Takahashi was paid $8.2m (£6.6m) by the committee that spearheaded Tokyo’s bid, according to financial records reviewed by Reuters – making him the single largest recipient of money from the Tokyo bid committee. He said it was for “wining and dining” people who could further the city’s bid and for marketing and other activities related to its Olympic campaign. Banking records from the Tokyo bid committee, which were examined by Reuters, show it paid around $46,500 to Seiko Watch.

Takahashi admitted asking Diack to support the bid but denied he paid bribes or did anything wrong. “I didn’t pay any money to anybody,” he told Reuters.

Lamine Diack is awaiting trial in Paris having been charged with corruption relating to a number of sporting events. His lawyer said Diack “denies all allegations of bribery”. Massata Diack, a former marketing executive with the IAAF, has also denied any wrongdoing. IOC regulations allowed for the giving of gifts of nominal value at the time of the 2020 bid but did not stipulate a specific amount.


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Is the virus pay back for this indiscretion? Christians would see a sign by the lordy lord to chastise the entire world with plagues for this sin of cheap gifts? Not enough butter, I'd say...

At least the Chinese gave REAL Rolex watches to the Libs, including Turdy Abbott who thought the watches we "fakes"...


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 10:18

The age group most represented in Australian statistics for confirmed cases of Covid-19 are people in their 20s, because they are the group most likely to travel or party with returned travellers, experts have said.

Data updated daily by the federal health department shows that 11.3% of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia are among people aged 25 to 29, followed by 9.5% in those aged 60 to 65 – the cruise ship cohort – and 9.3% in those aged 20 to 25.

People aged 80 and older account for just 2.7% of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 but 47% of the deaths. As of 31 March, 19 people have died after testing positive to Covid-19 in Australia. The youngest was a 68-year-old man from Queensland, although a 36-year-old Australian man who had tested positive to Covid-19 died in a hospital in Iceland earlier this month.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 10:13

The US death toll from the coronavirus has climbed past 3440. To put that in context, it’s 500 more than the number of Americans who died in the 9/11 terror attacks which until this point have been considered one of the country’s deadliest events.

It’s also more than China’s official count of its COVID-19 deaths – despite a population 1.1 billion higher than the US, and the virus first taking off in Wuhan.

By Wednesday morning, American authorities were dealing with 181,099 COVID-19 cases, making it the worst place in the world for the virus (Italy had 105,792 and Spain had 94,417). New Yorkers are suffering most, with 1550 in that state alone.

But it’s looking increasingly likely that Beijing has not been accurately reporting its figures – meaning the true extent of the crisis in the original epicentre is not known.


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by Gus Leonisky on Wed, 2020-04-01 09:45

There is a lot more to this time of massive change than the immediate crisis of fighting a pandemic.

What many, perhaps most, haven’t understood yet is that our economy and society are being upended.

“In a week we have shifted from a globalised liberal economy and free society to a command economy with closed borders, regimented movement and a welfare state,” Reform Club chairman and former NSW Treasury secretary Percy Allan recently wrote to friends and colleagues.

“And through necessity, all sides of politics support it.

“When COVID-19 is over will people demand stronger government (to cope with crises) or pine for laissez-faire (to allow free will)? That’s an important debate.”

The pace of change in March 2020 was a little overwhelming, maybe quite overwhelming.

That pace is playing a role in the sense of unreality people are feeling and why some have been slow to grasp the need for behaviour to change.

The debate about what sort of society comes after this crisis will have to wait. Everyone involved is too busy dealing with the immediate issue.

Suddenly commit to spending a couple of hundred billion dollars, with more to come.

Throw a million people out of work. Close borders. Close state borders.

Give police extraordinarily broad powers over the population. Have troops enforcing isolation curfews.

Nothing near as big has ever happened as quickly.

Talk to people who lived through the last world war (or be someone who had talked to them when more were still around) and the changes to war-time footing were much more gradual, leisurely even, by comparison.

But some of these big changes do need immediate understanding. One of them is: How we pay for it.

The Australian Financial Review on Tuesday ran a column by its political editor headlined “The huge stimulus numbers throw up the inevitable question”. That question was “How do we pay for it?”

It’s slightly bemusing that nobody at Monday’s media conference thought to ask it.

As it turns out, it’s the government’s intention to pay for the couple of hundred billion dollars of quick extra debt the old-fashioned way: The government will be borrowing the money.

There are possible alternatives, extreme unconventional monetary policy whereby the government could issue zero-coupon bonds directly to the Reserve Bank to print money.

Instead, the Australian Office of Financial Management will issue bonds to the required value and the market will buy them, boosting our government debt total.

In theory, such a sudden flood of extra raising might put some upward pressure on interest rates and, if foreigners fancy our bonds, the Australian dollar.

But these are not times of textbook theory, particularly with the QE twist of the Reserve Bank officially targeting a three-year bond rate of 0.25 per cent and buying about $3 billion worth of bonds a day to achieve that target.

The RBA has even posted the three-year target on its home page, just to underline the commitment.

Given that Monday’s effort was only Stimulus 3.0, with 4.0 and maybe 5.0 yet to come, the AOFM’s current $558 billion of treasury bonds on issue is likely to end up close to $1 trillion.

Remember a decade ago when government debt was a demon figure used to scare the kiddies?

Or June 30, 2013 – the year the government changed – when gross government debt was $257 billion?

It was a nonsense, of course.

It was low government debt and affordable, but a decade of political opportunism painted it as evil.

The reality of our current debt explosion is that it is quite affordable if it pays for a return to anything like ‘normal’ growth.

Like the price of reducing climate change, it is cheaper than the alternative.

If the interest rate on the bonds is below economic growth, the growth takes care of the government’s ability to service the debt.

It would require a mighty bleak world and particularly inept management for Australia’s growth to get stuck below a fraction of a percentage point.

So one of the first changes of our post-COVID-19 political world should be a recalibration of political rhetoric.

It would be too much to ask for the Prime Minister to come clean with the population, fess up to the decade of debt demonisation being largely political BS, like the attack on pricing carbon and a more rational taxing of resources rent.

The debt will have to be dealt with when times suit.

It could be used as a force for good, as a cattle prod (or excuse) for genuine, overdue holistic tax reform that would help create a healthier economy and society.

It would need to be reform that would offend just about every vested interest – broadening the GST, at least capping the franking credit rebates, an inheritance tax, no-exceptions land tax, a carbon price, lower income tax rates, removing the tax-free status of superannuation in the pension phase, et al

“Never waste a good crisis.”

Or it could be used to damage the country with the sort of austerity drive and reduction in government services beloved by the hard right – the small government, low-taxing neoliberal myrmidons exemplified by the Institute of Public Affairs and its alumnae and fellow travellers populating the governments’ ranks.

There is a very important debate ahead about our post-COVID-19 nation.

In the meantime, be grateful the ideologically straitjacketed didn’t hold sway last month or many more of us would be in dire poverty – or dead...


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The epidemic or pandemic or coronapanic isn't going to go overnight. It's going to take more than eight months to have a vaccine, which might work in about 45 per cent of "cases". No vaccine is ever 100 per cent proof. There will be "several" vaccines available coming from different labs. "Flattening the curve" by isolation is working to a point. Beyond this WE DO NOT KNOW THE LENGTH OF THE CURVE, which should we follow the rates of infection and compare with the rate of flu transmission, the curve for the coronavirus has to be "twice" as long as that for a flu season which is about 6 months — even with vaccination.


So what do we do? Stay in our little boxes?


Already there are signs of people going mad in isolation..., with no clubbing, no pubbing, no shopping for frivolities, nor public/stage entertainment, the young and the restless — the next generation — are traumatised beyond their iPhones.

We, old people, can cope much better with this lonely status, but we are weaker against the coronavirus. All we need now is for John to be seasick... or get gastro from the ship's food... which would affect far more people under present conditions. Happy days, take as much cash from the government as you can — and maintain your stock of toilet paper...